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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: "Discovering" an (Epson) network-attached printer Reply with quote

My Macintosh, with its Epson-supplied driver-crap, can discover the presence of my Epson Color-880 network attached printer on the local internet. In other words, it detects that the printer is there and determines its location.

How does Epson do that? Is there a standardized way to do that?

FYI, this particular printer has a network-adapter built into it. If you know where it is, CUPS (e.g.) can talk to it. But how can you discover printers? Is Epson doing something "Epson," or are they following a standard protocol that I don't know about?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did it seem to appear as if by magic on your mac? as in, was there *any* setup?

If there was no setup, it's probably DNS-SD, part of Zeroconf (avahi, for linux-folk)
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