Q Does it matter what type of port I use for PaperCut in Windows?
If you are using the
Hardware Check Validation
feature for a printer in PaperCut then you must use
the PaperCut TCP/IP Port on that printer, otherwise you are free to use any Windows Port.
When setting up a printer on Windows there can be a variety of ports (and Port Monitors) to choose
from, such as LPT*, COM*, FILE (all handled by the Windows Local Port Monitor), tcp port (using the
Standard TCP/IP port monitor), WSD port (using the WSD (Web Services for Devices) port monitor), and
a variety of Printer Manufacturers’ Port Monitors etc…
PaperCut will work with any of these ports because it currently interfaces with the print jobs at the print
spooler queue layer. PaperCut basically pauses the print job as soon as it detects it in the queue
and then analyzes it and then unpauses the job again.
A port monitor is used to actually communicate with the printer and send the print job data
to the printer, and we don’t intefere with the job at that point unless we are using
SNMP Hardware Check Validation.
There are also some ports which don’t really makes sense for us to monitor and so we ignore them so you
don’t get printers and print-jobs for ones which you are not interested in e.g. pdf printers or remote