Fast Release Card Reader Terminal Network Protocol
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NOTE: This article is intended for PaperCut ASCs and Resellers interested in using alternative network card readers with the PaperCut Fast Release solution.’
Fast Release is a cost-effective print release (Secure/Find-Me Printing) solution that leverages commodity off-the-shelf card readers available from multiple manufacturers. The Fast Release termionals are connected to the network (not the printer) allowing them to be used with any printer on the market. A USB card reader is connected to the the Fast Release Terminal and users use their proximity card to authenticate. PaperCut MF releases the users held print jobs to the printer assosiated with the Fast Release Termional.
It’s an ideal solution for any printer or MFP that does not support embedded applications.
PaperCut MF currently has official support for the following network card readers:
Elatec TWN3 with the TCP Converter
RFIdeas Ethernet card readers
When using these terminals, PaperCut can provide additional functionality to provide feedback to the user (e.g. successful/failed login). For example beeping or changing/flashing the LEDs.
The PaperCut Fast Release solution can work with any generic network card reader to provide basic Secure/Find-Me Printing functionality, if the reader supports the basic protocol described below it can work with PaperCut today.
General Protocol Overview
PaperCut the server opens a TCP socket connection to the network card reader on the configured port.
The PaperCut server does some basic probing of the card reader to try to detect the card reader type. If an Elatec or RDIdeas reader detected we can use a more complex protocol to control beeps and LEDs.
Then PaperCut waits for the card number to be sent over the TCP connection. The card number should be sent followed by a new line character.
After the card number is read by PaperCut it authenticates the user and then goes back to step 3 to read the next card number.
In order to support this worflow all a network card reader needs to do is
Listen on a port of your choice for a connection
Accept the connection
When a card is swiped send the card number followed by a new line character
Wait for the next card swipe and repeat
Default Ports used when setting up the Fast Release Device: