Navigating the Bi-Admin Management Utility
USB Print Server User Guide
Navigating the Bi-Admin Management Utility
The Bi-Admin Management Utility can be used to configure the settings of the USB Print Server. This utility is for advanced users or for users on a network with multiple USB Print Servers. On networks with multiple USB Print Servers, it is recommended that you use the Bi-Admin Management Utility instead of the Web Configuration Utility.
You can launch the Bi-Admin Management Utility by using the icon on your desktop or the link in the Programs menu. When it is launched, the Bi-Admin Management Utility will search your network for all the USB Print Servers that are attached and running. The USB Print Servers will then be shown in the device list of the Bi-Admin Management Utility.
On the left side of the screen, you will see each USB Print Server that is attached to the network. If you select a USB Print Server, you will see the settings information on the right side of the screen.
If the desired USB Print Server is not listed, try performing the following steps:
Once a USB Print Server has been selected, the icons can be used. The icons provide status information as well as access to the selected USB Print Server settings. If an icon is grayed out, that option or protocol is unavailable. There are seven icons available:
If you click this after selecting a USB Print Server, a new window will open and all of the settings of the USB Print Server will be displayed in the left part of the screen. Click Save to File to save a copy of the selected USB Print Server's CONFIG file to your computer. Click Restore to Device to restore a previously saved file to the selected USB Print Server.
If you click this after selecting a USB Print Server, a new window will open and the basic status of the printer will be displayed. Select the desired port from the drop-down list to display the current status of the printer attached to that port. The possible states for Status are On-Line, Off-Line, and Out of Paper. The possible states for Printing Information are Idle or Printing.
If the printer is bi-directional and is not busy, the Configuration button will be available, allowing you to change the configuration of the attached printer. This button will be grayed out if the printer does not support this option or if the printer is busy printing.
If you click the Configuration button, a new window will open with different tabs for the various configuration options. The different tabs are System, TCP/IP, AppleTalk, NetBEUI, Internet Printing, and Port. Each tab also has a corresponding option under Main in the menu list at the top of the main Bi-Admin Management Utility screen.
The first tab is System. Within this screen, you can change the name of the USB Print Server, change the Password for the USB Print Server, and set the Network Protocols that the selected USB Print Server uses. Any protocols that are not used on your LAN may be disabled, which may improve performance.
The second tab is TCP/IP. Within this tab you can configure the TCP/IP network protocol. The basic options are:
Some USB Print Server models also support the Auto-IP function. If the USB Print Server is set to Dynamic IP Address, but there's no DHCP server found on the network, the USB Print Server will get an IP from the range of 169.254.1.1 ~ 169.254.254.254 automatically. In this case, even though the USB Print Server was initialized with an Auto-IP, it will change to DHCP whenever a DHCP server is detected. The TCP session parameters should only be changed if advised to do so by your Network Administrator or USB Print Server Technical Support.
The next tab is AppleTalk, which is only applicable to Macintosh users. Generally, no USB Print Server configuration is required in order to use AppleTalk. If you need to make any changes, you can configure the following settings:
The next tab is NetBEUI, which allows you to configure the following options:
The next tab is Internet Printing. Internet printing allows you to send some print jobs to the USB Print Server using e-mail over the Internet. You must supply the following information in order to use this feature:
The last tab is Port. There are two panels within this screen: Physical Port and Logical Port.
The Get Defaults button will reset all the configuration settings to their factory-default values.
The next icon is Wizard. You can perform the basic configuration steps for the selected USB Print Server. The first screen will prompt you for a Device Name and a Domain Name. When you are finished, click Next.
The second screen will prompt you for the IP address information. You must select either Obtain IP Address automatically or Fixed IP Address.
Select Obtain IP Address automatically if you have a DHCP server on your network that can automatically assign an IP address to the USB Print Server.
Select Fixed IP Address if you do not have a DHCP server on your network that can automatically assign IP information. If you select this, you must manually enter the following information:
When you are finished, click Next.
On the final screen, click Finish.
The next icon is Firmware Upgrade. This option allows you to upgrade the firmware for the selected Print Server. Before using this option, you need to obtain the .BIN file for the firmware upgrade and copy it to the same directory as BiAdmin. Go to www.usr.com/support to see if any firmware upgrades are available for the USB Print Server.
The next icon is Refresh. If you make any changes to the configuration of the USB Print Server, select this icon to view the new settings.
The last icon is Exit. This closes the Bi-Admin Management Utility. If you made any changes to the settings of the USB Print Server and did not save them, those changes will be lost if you exit this utility. Make sure you save all your changes before you exit the utility.
Under the Main menu option, you can access the same options that are available through the Icons beneath the menu bar. Refer to the details in the Status icons area for more information.
Within this option, you can select Reset Device, Restore to Factory Default, Attached Remote, and Connected Protocol.
Within this option, you can select Print Test Page. This will print out a test page which contains the configuration settings of the USB Print Server.
The Help option will allow you to see Help Topics or the About Bi-Admin information.