Most offices, especially big ones, have a setup where more than one printer is used at the same time. There may be a lot of in-house documentation and paperwork that needs to be completed, in which case printing processes will also take some time to complete. Printer pooling is also the best option for large volume printing. This allows a collection of printers to work as one.
- Job printing is handled simultaneously. You only need one software and one printer name, so more than one queue is allocated to the first available printer. There is no waiting time between finishing and starting printing operations, and no build-up, either.
- Save your time, so you don’t have to wait. It has a positive effect on productivity and increases the efficiency of the workflow.
- In case of malfunctions, you get back up printers. When you set up a pooling printer, you can still print on other printers, even though one of them has malfunctioned and has problem-solving issues with the printer. It is another justification why there will be no delays.
The standard printer pooling features are not available in all operating systems. Only XP, NT, 2000, Windows 7, and Vista are compatible with the Windows lineup. Operating systems that came later require an unlimited number of printers to be pooled.
- You will need the same printer software and driver for all when you pool printers. The printer models must also be the same or at least identical. The remaining printers must be the same or at least a similar model, for example, while using LaserJet Pro M1132.
- Pooled printers must be placed next to each other. This is the only sensible way to use a single queue of prints with more than one printer. Otherwise, difficulties may occur. In a big office where printers are kept far from each other, you ‘d have to walk all the way to get all your printed documents together.
Despite the snags, the pooling of printers has proven to be a very useful system in many companies. The facility to complete printing work in combination with the saved time is sufficient to increase productivity in most offices. This also works well if you have printers that are suitable for office use and pooling.