Page Countster is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices to create a network printer inventory quickly.
The official Donation Coder NANY 2009 challenge has been announced less than 24 hours ago and there have already been several software contributions that can be downloaded from the website.
One of those is the printer management and inventory software Page Countster which can be used to get a quick over view of the printers that are installed in a computer network.
Designed for the developer's company to quickly create inventory of customer printers, it is now released as part of the event to the public.
The highly configurable software will create a report that contains printer IP addresses, mac addresses, host names, printer models, serial numbers, the total page count and color count as well as printer ink levels when run.
Each scan begins with the selection of the starting and ending network IP address and subnet mask as well as the SNMP community name.
The program manages to scan about 20 IPs per second. While the mileage may vary from network to network, it should not take long to scan a network range using it.
Results can be saved to csv files or emailed to a specific email address. One of the interesting options of the printer management software is the ability to edit various printer information including a printer's serial number (HP printers only), total page count, color page count and host name. Another great feature is the ability to send a test page to any network printer without needing a driver.
The program is useful if you need a quick inventory of all printers that may be faster and offer more information than other methods. Also, the program itself is easy to use and portable; it requires no installation.
As far as options are concerned, there are some. You can change the ICMP and SNMP wait time from the default values of 42 milliseconds and 1000 milliseconds. The numbers define the time range that devices or IP addresses have to respond to queries.
Page Countster is a portable software program for the Windows operating system that can come in very handy to create a printer inventory report. The printer management feature are a nice extra, even though some only work if supported printers are available. It can be downloaded directly from the Donation Coder website.
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