Openwrt Printers

Add multiple usb printers to OpenWrt firmware router via p910nd using Hotplug

p910nd allow multiple printers through a socket connection to port 910n (where n=1, 2, 3 …). So, we can share more than one printer to OpenWrt.

In default, port number when you unplug and plug in different printers. The following configuration uses the Hotplug script to pair printers to designed ports. This allows multiple printers to be recognized, assigned ports based on the product ID, same ports assigned will resume when printers are connected/turned on. Works on both usb printer and parallel printer using serial to USB adapter.

Step 1. Make sure the printer has usb essentials or support for the parallel port

Step 2. Install support for printers.

opkg update opkg install kmod-usb-printer kmod-lp luci-app-p910nd

Step 3. Plug in the printer, record VID and PID.

SSH to the printer and run:

lsusb -v


dmesg | grep printer

Mark down the vid and pid for the printer. Repeat this process for all printers.

Step 4. Add this to /etc/hotplug.d/usb/11-multi-printers

The following code is a demo configuration for a Brother HL2140 on port 9100, a Zebra Eltron LP 2442 Label Thermal Printer on port 9101, and a Brother QL570 on port 9102.

Note: $PRODUCT" = "4f9/27/100" represents your printer's VendorId/ProductId/BcdVersion(1.00 = 100). VID=04f9, PID=0027

#!/bin/sh # process USB and parallel printers only if [ "$INTERFACE" = "7/1/1" ] || [ "$INTERFACE" = "7/1/2" ] then # set -x DEV="none" # Brother HL2140 if [ "$PRODUCT" = "4f9/33/100" ] then VID="04f9" PID="0033" DEV="hl2140" fi # Zebra LP2442 if [ "$PRODUCT" = "1645/6/100" ] then VID="1645" PID="0006" DEV="lp2442" fi # Brother QL570 if [ "$PRODUCT" = "4f9/2028/100" ] then VID="04f9" PID="2028" DEV="ql570" fi if [ "$DEV" != "none" ] then if [ "$ACTION" = "add" ] then # search for last printer assignment using dmesg LP=`dmesg | grep -i "usblp.: USB Bidirectional printer dev .* if .* alt .* proto .* vid 0x$VID pid 0x$PID" | grep -io "lp[0-9]" | tail -n 1` if [ "$LP" != "" ] then echo $LP >/var/run/$DEV.lp ln -s /dev/usb/$LP /dev/$DEV fi fi if [ "$ACTION" = "remove" ] then # LP = `cat /var/run/$DEV.lp` rm /var/run/$DEV.lp rm /dev/$DEV fi fi fi

Step 5. Log in to OpenWrt -> service -> p910nd -> Printer server. Finish the configuration

Device = "/dev/Device name from the code above"
Port = Assigned port from the code above

P910nd Luci

Step 6. Reboot the router and test.

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