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Buying staff printers

We're reviewing University printing needs: please contact Procurement before you buy any new printers.

Advice on printer models and drivers

Most Ricoh and HP printers are suitable for use at Kent (except low-end HP 1xxx or Host Based models).

Deskjets or those that don't support PCL or PostScript can't join our network, even if labelled suitable for networking.

Printers and printer driver software

  • Check that the printer offers a Windows Server 2008 x64 or at least a Postscript (PS) driver (ideally with a PCL5e and a PCL6 driver) in the driver download section of the manufacturer's website.
  • Printers that are compatible with Windows Server 2008 x64 offer benefits including the ability to print directly from the Student Data System; continuity of service during failures and maintenance; automatic installation of printer drivers; ability to restrict printer access, and usage statistics.
  • When assessing products, compare their printing volumes and speed.
  • For more advice contact us.

Add a printer to the network

Connect it to a network socket, then request connection to the network. We might need to charge if it's not a standard printer.

Connect a printer locally

Buy a photocopier

Order your photocopier through the Purchasing Office.


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Last Updated: 22/11/2018