Managing devices through SNMP

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is used to communicate with network capable printing devices. It allows Output Manager to detect devices, gather information and status about devices and manage them. This provides flexibility and allows making use of the broadest set of features the devices support. Output Manager currently supports multiple versions of SNMP. You can select whichever one is most suitable and supported by the devices in your network.

You can specify how frequently the Output Manager SNMP Service updates Output Manager destinations that are auto-detected SNMP printers. The SNMP update has two types of values, dynamic and static, each with their own frequency setting. Dynamic values are values that change while the printer is being used, such as out of paper and low on toner. Static values are values that do not change or change very infrequently, such as the printers name and IP address. In most cases, you should configure the dynamic values to update more frequently than the static values. Dynamic value updates are needed to maintain timely alerts so the printer can stay operational. Additionally, SNMP metering can periodically gather information from certain devices about how many copies, prints, faxes, etc. have been made on the device and save the data to be used for reporting.