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Printing using the "ftp" command

When TCP/IP is used as the network protocol, you can also use the "ftp" command for printing.

1Go to the command prompt.

If the computer is running under Windows XP/Vista/7 or Windows Server 2003/2003 R2/2008/2008 R2, click [Accessories] from [All Programs] on the [Start] menu, and then click [Command Prompt].

2Enter the "ftp" command.

ftp IPaddress

Substitute "IPaddress" with the IP address of the printer to which you want to send the TIFF or CALS file.

The "ftp" command starts, prompting you to enter a user name.


3Enter any string as the user name, and then press the [Enter] key.

The prompt for password entry appears.


4Press the [Enter] key.

Password entry is not mandatory.

The "ftp" prompt appears.


5Enter "bin", and then make the settings to send a TIFF file in binary mode.

In order to print the TIFF or CALS file properly, you need to change the transfer mode to "binary".

ftp> bin

6Enter the subcommand to transfer the file you want to print at the "ftp" prompt.

ftp> put tiff-filename

Substitute "tiff-filename" with the name of the TIFF or CALS file you want to print.

The RTIFF Menu configured on the machine can be temporarily changed for printing by adding printing options to the "put" subcommand.


ftp> put tiff-filename filetype=RTF,copies=3,center

7To exit "ftp", enter "bye" at the "ftp" prompt.


  • You can also use the "lpr" or "rcp" command to print files.

  • About how to use the print commands, see Connecting the Machine/ System Settings for details.

  • For details about printing options, see Specifying Printing Options.