Network Adapters

InfoPrint 4100 Model MS1, HS2, HS3, MD1/2, HD3/4, HD5/6, TS1, TS2, TD1/2, and TD3/4 printers support a variety of adapters in addition to the standard Gigabit Ethernet Copper TCP/IP support:

See Host System Adapter Choices for specifics on printers and host systems that support each of these adapters.

The InfoPrint 4100 printer controller includes a built-in Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Customers can add another gigabit adapter feature (fiber or copper). Multiple adapters may be useful for the following configurations:

Customers can also add FICON and ESCON adapters. These adapters are often installed in the printer controller at the factory before the printer is shipped to the customer site.

As you plan the type and transfer mode for your channel-adapter configuration, refer to the system reference manual for your host system.

Verify with your planning coordinator that the desired adapter cables and any converter or extender hardware boxes are ordered when the printer is ordered.

  1. Adapters must be physically installed and logically installed. "Physically installed" means installing the adapter in the printer. "Logically installed" means using the operator console to identify the adapter to the printer. After an adapter is logically installed, a protocol (for example, IPDS) is installed and enabled and then the printer controller can accept jobs over the enabled protocol.
  2. Channel adapters that are physically installed will be automatically logically installed.
  3. Two adapters can be logically installed at the same time; however, they cannot both be Ethernet adapters.
  4. For duplex systems operating in dual simplex mode, only one adapter is needed to connect the two simplex engines to the system. Although the system consists of two printer engines, it is driven by a single control unit. The two simplex engines require two contiguous addresses on an ESCON or FICON adapter (beginning with an even-numbered address). When the printing system is operating in duplex mode, the printers can use one of these addresses or a separate address on the same channel.
  5. When the printing system is printing in Dual Simplex mode, each printer engine can use a different adapter to the same or different systems. For example, Printer 1 can be printing jobs from a z/OS system attached through an ESCON channel, while Printer 2 is printing jobs from an AIX system attached through an Ethernet adapter.
  6. A single Ethernet adapter is normally sufficient to provide access to the printer through a customer's network. This includes all printer configurations, including Dual Simplex. However, multiple Ethernet adapters may be installed to meet varying customer requirements, such as those identified above. When multiple Ethernet adapters are installed, each adapter has a separate IP address. Adapters may be connected to the same, or different networks.
  7. You can enable both ESCON or FICON links at the same time at the printer and then print jobs from different hosts without interference. This is done by the automatically enforced vary on/off (ASSIGN/UNASSIGN) protection. See Multiple Host Environment for details and prerequisites.