What is the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)?

The Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) is a sanctioned Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard for printing documents over the web. IPP defines basic handshaking and communication methods, but does not enforce the format of the print data stream. Typically, a standard page description language, such as HP PCL or Adobe PostScript, is used. IPP was created by a consortium of printer manufacturers and related industries. Using the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) You can make Windows 2000 printing features accessible over the Internet. To install a printer over the Internet, use the printer’s URL as the name of the printer. Within an intranet, you can alternatively use the printer’s share name . Windows 2000 installs an IPP port by default How IPP Works IPP is a set of communication rules built on top of the HTTP Internet standard. Key features are the ability to poll a printer to ask about its availability and properties. To function, an IPP printer requires a Universal Resource Identifier (URI), which is typically a URL, including an IP address. Since it is built on HTTP, printers may also be configured to require a user name and password.

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