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How can I add a redirect port, or RPT port, in Windows 7? RRS feed

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  • I'm dumbfounded.  I know in Windows XP there was an option to add a printer and select the redirection port.  Seems in Windows 7, or at least my installation, that option is missing.  I need to be able to add a redirect port to setup some specialized printing we do here in our office.  Hope my question makes sense and I hope I have just missed something and it's really just not that it's not possible or I'm screwed!

    Also I have tried the "Add New Port Type" options and it asks for a driver which I can't seems to find anywhere.  Any help is much appreciated as this has halted my Windows 7 roll out.

    Monday, October 3, 2011 1:39 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    If you are trying to add a network printer in Windows 7, I suggest you refer to the following article:

     

    Install a printer

     

    Regarding your issue, you need install the driver for printer, some drivers ship with Windows; in other case, you need install drivers using a CD or DVD provided by the printer manufacturer. Or if you don't have a CD or DVD, try searching the printer manufacturer's website to see if you can download and install it from there.

     

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    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:17 AM
  • This is not a network printer.  I need the capabilities that were in Windows XP, that allow for a printer to be redirected to a program, or RPT port, with parameters, to be setup on a Windows 7 machine.
    John C Dixon III
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:23 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Do you mean in Windows XP, we can add a new port in File-> Server Properties-> Ports-> Add Ports?

     

    If this is the issue, please see the information below:

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    In Windows 7, we have no Server Properties options. But we can also achieve the same goal by using the following two methods:

     

    Method 1: Right click one of the local printers and select Printer Properties. Click Ports-> Add Port…

     

    Method 2: In Control Panel, click Administrative Tool and select Print Management. Then open Print Servers and select the local machine. Then right click Ports and click Add Ports…

     

    Hope this can have a little help.

     

    Best regards,
    Spencer Shi


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    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:28 AM
  • I'm replying to this old thread because I followed the same path, and got stuck with the same questions. So here is what I think is the spoiler: There is no "native" redirection port in Windows 7. This type of printer port is provided by add-on software. AKA: install a printer driver.

    However, in reading about Ghostscript's ability to act like a printer there is a open-source redirection printer driver available from UWisc : http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/redmon/ - The redirection monitor. I know I hate clogging up my system with more and more software packages, but this package provides exactly the capability you were and I am searching for.

    Cheers! -MpH

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 9:50 PM