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For a Microsoft Windows 2000 version of this article, see 246868
This step-by-step article describes how to install the standard port monitor. The standard port monitor connects clients to network printers that use the TCP/IP protocol.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers the standard port monitor for network print devices as an alternative to the Line Printer Remote (LPR) port monitor. The standard port monitor was introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000. In Windows Server 2003, the standard port monitor has been updated to provide better performance and more detailed device status.
The standard port monitor uses Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to read the configuration of the target print device and to determine the device's detailed status. Additionally, the standard port monitor offers more accurate error reporting than the limited print error messages that are enabled by other port monitors, such as the LPR port monitor. For example, the standard port monitor supports a "paper out" error.
If the standard port monitor cannot use the default TCP ports to configure the target print device and SNMP, the standard port monitor uses the LPR protocol. (The target device must support the LPR protocol.)
Note The default TCP destination port is 9100. The default TCP source port is a randomly selected open port that is greater than 1023.
You can use a Web-based interface from any Internet-connected client to view the status of standard port monitor events.
Install the standard port monitor
More informationFor network-connected print devices, the standard port monitor is the optimal choice. In comparison with the LPR port monitor, the standard of choice in network printing for the past several years, the standard port monitor is faster, more scalable, and has bidirectional capability. By contrast, the LPR port monitor is limited in all these areas.
The standard port monitor uses either the RAW or the LPR printing protocols to send documents to a printer. Together, these protocols support most current TCP/IP printers. Do not confuse these print protocols with transport protocols, such as TCP/IP or Data Link Control (DLC).
By default, the standard port monitor deviates from the LPR port monitor in two ways:
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For a detailed discussion of printer ports and Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) in Windows Server 2003, see the following document:
Article ID: 814586 - Last Review: September 11, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
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