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I know how to get the printer name and printer capabilities and such. The problem I have is that a new printer in my mother's house goes offline after a few minutes. Although I like this feature, it does mean that she has to get up to turn the printer online and then go back to the computer to print. I was hoping to write a little program to force the printer online, but that does not seem to be very easy to do. Does anyone have experience with this problem who is further along the development path than me?

I am currently working with VS2012 C#, on Windows 8.1 64bit. So latest methods are best since the older stuff I can find all seems to be deprecated.
ruinei 31-Mar-15 23:53pm
It sounds to me like your printer is going to sleep or powering off after a set time. You can remote into the printer by typing the IP address of your printer in the web-browser and looking for the sleep/shutdown setting.
AnotherKen 1-Apr-15 0:44am
Good point there, I was able to find it's ip-address and change the sleep time to 15 minutes. I guess I will still have to wait and see if HP will provide a SDK that will let me see if I can get the printer to wake up when it is asleep.

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You're going to have to get with the manufacturer of the printer to see if there is an SDK to use and if this is even supported.

This is not a standard functionality so you're not going to find anything pre-written to do this.
AnotherKen 1-Apr-15 0:45am
Thanks Dave, that is more or less what I had assumed, I was hoping there would be an easier way since HP is a little tight lipped about this at the moment.

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