Forgive me if this is a newbie question, I am not much of a printer hardware person, I am network and coding person. I work for a town as a side job, and they want me to dig into this issue a bit, since it appears the company that installed and is now trying to repair the printer, is trying to use the town as a cash cow.
The have a Xerox 6204 WF printer, it used to have, until the company took it, a computer that had some USB cables attached to it. Is that what is called the RIP controller? If so, is it just a "normal" computer with say Windows and the printer drivers on it?
While doing some homework, I seen there is a RIP controller, that may be more of what I am used to seeing on printers, a normal network port with a couple of USB ports as well, and maybe some Firewire ports. In essences, this other controller looks like what would be on the back of the computer, shown on the install guide. Would this replace the computer?
One last thing, when i was looking at the printer, I turned it on, without anything connected, the USB cables just laying there, and the display panel (or any of the button lights) on the printer, would not turn on. Is this part of the controller, or is it a whole different issue.
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The 6204 has more than one configuration, it has an internal controller option, in which case no external RIP is used.
There is also a Freeflow AccXess controller, some may call it a RIP. These tend to be Dell Optiplex models, but they are not just any PC, they have specialized hardware boards in them, and the AccXess controller software contains the drivers for it. So you can't use one without the other.
Not sure why my reply did not post so if this is a double, sorry.
That is what i was talking about was that Optiplex, the printer people want $3000 to replace it, but since you say it has a special board setup, it may be the right price.
Would I be able to swap the PC for this:
and just connect to the network as a normal printer? They do not use CAD and all that, they just use it to print maps in the Assessor's office
I don't know what the picture is showing, if it is a bustled controller, maybe, assuming you have the license key to enable it.
$3000 for new is amazing, used is OK at that price, you can right now grab the whole thing printer and all for a little more than that on eBay in the USA, but you won't find a cheap one that works, supply vs demand.