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A Method to Control Multiple Mobile Printers through a Wi-Fi IP address

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249768D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 68K

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Abstract

Mobile printer hardware cradle networks have interfaces for mobile printers, the interface features include charging contacts, I2C communication ports, Ethernet communication ports, and printer status detection ports. All printers on this cradle network will be set up via the I2C ports by the cradle network firmware, where the printers will be connected via Ethernet connection. One printer will be set up as a master, and it will turn on the Wi-Fi feature and connect to the database servers. The other printers will be set up as slaves, and will communicate with the master printer via the Ethernet connection within the cradle network. The master printer will receive all print jobs from the server, determine which slave printer should receive the print job, and forward the print job to it via Ethernet. The print job will be printed by the slave printer. This cradle network can be powered by a battery, and the battery may be chargeable and replaceable. When the cradle network's battery is being charged, all printers on the cradle network can be charged simultaneously.

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A Method to Control Multiple Mobile Printers through a Wi-Fi IP address

When a store changes prices on items, the current price labels have to be replaced by new labels with the

new lower prices. These new price tags are often printed on different labels, either different colors noting

different mark downs or different symbols to recognize different items with sale prices. For price

markdown usage, multiple printers are used to print out each different type of price tag. These different

printers may be connected to different networks and the user needs to select the correct printer for each

printed label. Users want to use Wi-Fi and assign a single IP address to all of these printers. Current

mobile printers are not enabled to do this. This invention creates a cradle network and a firmware

solution to resolve it.

Mobile printer hardware cradle networks have interfaces for mobile printers, the interface features include

charging contacts, I2C communication ports, Ethernet communication ports, and printer status detection

ports. All printers on this cradle network will be set up via the I2C ports by the cradle network firmware,

where the printers will be connected via Ethernet connection. One printer will be set up as a master, and it

will turn on the Wi-Fi feature and connect to the database servers. The other printers will be set up as

slaves, and will communicate with the master printer via the Ethernet connection within the cradle

network. The master printer will receive a...