Idle Timeout versus PowerSave (2409 Views)
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Idle Timeout versus PowerSave

Is there a difference between these settings on laserjet printers? For instance, I have an LJ8000 networked via a external HP JetDirect J3113A and the setting reads, 'Idle Timeout (seconds), however on an LJ4100 (internal JD) the setting reads 'Powersave'.
I'm looking to be able to enable or manage the amount of time a printer waits until it goes into a powersave mode or something similar to that.
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Re: Idle Timeout versus PowerSave


Idle timeout and powersave are different.

Idle timeout, a TCP/IP setting, is the time (in seconds) before a connection is closed ; it is typically used to close down an inactive FTP/TFTP connection for instance.

Powersave is the time before the printer goes into powersave mode.

On my LJ4100s with J4169A Jetdirect cards I can set both using the embedded web server.

For powersave :-
1. click Device tab
3. gives me a choice between 1 min and 4 hours

For idle timeout :-
1. click Networking tab
2. click TCP/IP and Network Settings
3. defaults to 90 secs, 0 secs = disable

Hope this helps, regards

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Re: Idle Timeout versus PowerSave

Thanks for defining that for me Ken.

I guess now my main issue is that the older JD cards (J3113A) do not have a PowerSave option on them at all, only the Timeout option.

Thankfully I don't have too many of these cards on my network.

Have a good one,
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