Subscriber Mander had a question this week about his printer. He wanted to get some helpful information from his printer:
With a wireless printer, one can type the printer IP address into the browser and get A plethora of info about the printer; eg number of sheets printed, approx ink levels in cartridges, etc, etc.
Is there a means that you know of whereby one can get similar info from a USB-connected printer?
My wife has a Brother MFC-7360N and it would be nice to know how many sheets get printed from one toner cartridge.
Unfortunately for Mander, this is not a standard feature of printers or of Windows. It has become a fairly routine feature of networked printers, whether connected via wireless or via Ethernet cables.
He’s getting the information with his wireless printer because the manufacturer built the functions into his printer — not the fact that he is connecting wirelessly.
If your printer makes the information available, for a USB-connected printer, it would be through the software provided by the printer manufacturer. The printer control software (assuming there is some, and which you might or might not have installed) is the main way you would communicated directly with the wireless printer.
You could also check the printer icon available via the Start menu. They might have put a link into the printer driver that will let you get to the info.
Again, the information will only be available if the manufacturer built, and progeammed, the ability to track the information and to make that information available to user queries.