Available in PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

Link direct print queues to a printer

The Direct Print MonitorThe Direct Print Monitor is the Direct Printing component that tracks jobs between desktops and an MFD. intelligently creates printers in the Application ServerAn Application Server is the primary server program responsible for providing the PaperCut user interface, storing data, and providing services to users. PaperCut uses the Application Server to manage user and account information, manage printers, calculate print costs, provide a web browser interface to administrators and end users, and much more. Printer List. It creates one printer with multiple print queues (that is, one from each computer). Every print queueA print queue displays information about documents that are waiting to be printed, such as the printing status, document owner, and number of pages to print. You can use the print queue to view, pause, resume, restart, and cancel print jobs. with an IP address or hostname that matches the printer, is linked to the printer.

Linking the print queues to a printer allows PaperCut NG/MF to consolidate the information from all linked queues and report on the printer as a whole. It also allows the print queues to dynamically use the configuration of the printer. If any print queues do not automatically link, you must manually link the print queue to the printer.

The linking process works as follows:

  1. The first print queue added on a computer with the Direct Print Monitor installed creates a printer in the Printer List.

  2. If a print queue on any other computer (with a Direct Print Monitor installed) has the same IP address or hostname as the printer, then a new printer is not created and the print queue is linked to the printer created in step 1.


You should always use a consistent IP address or hostname for print queues to ensure they are automatically linked.

This process is automatic and works in most of cases. There might, however, be some rare situations where a print queue does not automatically link to the printer, or a print queue is incorrectly linked to the printer. In these cases, you need to manual link or unlink the relevant print queues.

When you add a computer to your environment and install the Direct Print Monitor, the Application Server detects the network address of the print queue and automatically links the print queue to the printer if it matches.

When you remove a computer from your environment, the print queue remains in PaperCut NG/MF. You need to unlink the print queue on the decommissioned computer, then manually delete the printer from the Printer Details page.

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