Updated September 26, 1999

What's Here?

Introduction - all about the LPR client for Windows CE 2.11 devices
Product Status - find out about the current and upcoming releases
Installing and using LPR - pretty simple really!
  Platform Limitations - some things to watch relating to the LPR protocol and Windows CE


If you have printers on your network running the LPR protocol, you can now print directly to the printer from your Windows CE 2.11 or later device.

Product Status

We're currently in beta with this product. Obviously, this means there are a number of issues that we're aware of - these are listed below, so please don't report them as bugs or suggestions. That said, we love user feedback, so if you have comments regarding this product, please feel free to email.

Installing and using LPR

Follow these steps to install this product:

Platform Limitations

Because of the way the LPR protocol is implemented, the LPR Server (LPD) needs to know the size of the print job prior to any data transfer. This means that the LPR driver has to buffer the entire print job in memory before it can be sent to the LPD. If the LPR driver cannot fit the entire print job in memory, any output will be discarded.

As a result, try to keep print jobs as small as possible - printing ten or more pages is very likely to cause Windows CE to run out of memory, but your milage will vary depending on how much memory is available on your device.

Also please note that the LPR client is not compatible with Windows CE 2.0. Although we tried hard to make LPR compatible with this version of Windows, due to bugs in the printer engine, it's not possible to print through the LPR driver. The driver actually works fine but it's not much use if no applications other than our test routines work via the driver!