JP2002297326A - Method for installing oa equipment driver - Google Patents

Method for installing oa equipment driver

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JP2002297326A
JP2002297326A JP2001096381A JP2001096381A JP2002297326A JP 2002297326 A JP2002297326 A JP 2002297326A JP 2001096381 A JP2001096381 A JP 2001096381A JP 2001096381 A JP2001096381 A JP 2001096381A JP 2002297326 A JP2002297326 A JP 2002297326A
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oa device
www server
printer
oa
network
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Soji Fujitani
聡司 藤谷
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Ricoh Co Ltd
株式会社リコー
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Abstract

(57) [Summary] [Problem] OA of customized printer etc.
Automatically download and install device drivers on your computer. SOLUTION: A network interface unit 2 acquires a printer name from a printing unit 1 and notifies the same to a WWW server 12 via a network 13 so that a WWW server 12 is obtained.
Downloads appropriate software to PC 11
install. In addition, the network interface unit 2 notifies the WWW server 12 of the unique network identifier, so that the WWW server 12 downloads and installs appropriate software on the personal computer 11. Further, the network interface unit 2 acquires the printer version number from the printing unit 1 and notifies the WWW server 12 that the WWW server 12 downloads and installs appropriate software on the personal computer 11.

Description

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0001]

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to an OA device driver installation method for installing a driver in a computer using device A.

[0002]

2. Description of the Related Art In recent years, networks such as printers
Generally, the A device is connected. In most cases, a printer connected via such a network receives print data from a personal computer via the network and prints the data. Further, means for automatically installing software necessary for using OA equipment such as a printer driver via a network from a WWW server to a personal computer has been started. With this means, the printer can automatically install appropriate software on the personal computer by notifying the WWW server of information (printer product name, IP address, product version) necessary for installation on the WWW server.

[0003]

By the way, a printer or the like is often ordered (customized) from a manufacturer and delivered according to a special situation of a user. In this case, the software to be installed in the personal computer is also subject to customization, and the combination of the printer and the software may be limited.

However, it is prioritized for the WWW server to target only general (non-customized) products, and in many cases, it is not possible to support customized software. Therefore, it is desired that a special order is automatically detected and appropriate (customized) software is downloaded.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In view of the above problems, an object of the present invention is to provide a method of installing an OA device driver that can automatically download and install a customized OA device driver such as a printer to a personal computer. And

[0006]

In order to achieve the above-mentioned object, a first means is to provide an information terminal with an OA via a network.
An OA device driver installation method for installing a driver for the OA device in the information terminal in a system using the device, the method comprising: notifying a WWW server that user-specific customization of the OA device has been performed; The WWW server downloads and installs a customized driver of the OA device to the information terminal based on the notification.

The second means is the first means, wherein the O
The A device notifies the server that the user-specific customization has been performed by the OA device name.

[0008] The third means is the first means, wherein the O
The A device notifies the server that the user-specific customization has been performed by using a network-specific identifier.

A fourth means is the first means, wherein the O
It is characterized in that the device A notifies the server in the device system version that the user-specific customization has been performed.

The fifth means is characterized in that in the first to fourth means, the OA device is a printer.

[0011]

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS <First Embodiment> An embodiment of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings. FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a printer as an embodiment of the OA device according to the present invention, FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a network according to the present invention, and FIG. 3 is an embodiment of a method for installing an OA device driver according to the present invention. 6 is a flowchart for explaining FIG.

In FIG. 1, a printing unit 1 receives a print processing request from a network interface unit 2 and prints, and notifies the network interface unit 2 of a printer version number and a printer name. The network interface unit 2 has a mechanism for connecting to a network, can transmit information to and from other OA devices, and has a unique network identifier. The network interface unit 2 has a CPU and can process complicated judgments.

The network shown in FIG.
1, a personal computer 11 (a plurality of... N personal computers) and a WWW server 12 are connected via a network 13.

In the first embodiment, the network interface unit 2 sends the printer name (printer_name = IPSiO_NX710_Custo) from the printing unit 1 using the algorithm shown in FIG.
mize) and notifies the WWW server 12 via the network 13 so that the WWW server 12
1. Download and install the appropriate software.

More specifically, first, a printer name acquisition request is sent to the printing unit 1 (step S1), and then http://www.ricoh.co.jp/Install.html?printer_name=I
UR of WWW server 12 like PSiO_NX710_Customize
L (http://www.ricoh.co.jp/Install.html?) (Step S2), and then notifies the WWW server 12 of the URL (step S2).
3). Here, the printer name (printer_name = IPSiO_NX7
10_Customize) indicates that user-specific customization has been performed.

<Second Embodiment> In the second embodiment,
The network interface unit 2 uses the algorithm shown in FIG.
23.123.123.123) to the WWW server 12, and the WWW server 12 downloads and installs appropriate software on the personal computer 11. More specifically, first, a network identifier is obtained (step S1).
1), then http://www.ricoh.co.jp/Install.html?ip_address=12
A network identifier is added to the URL of the WWW server 12 as in 3.123.123.123 (step S12), and then the URL is
Notify the WW server 12 (step S13). Here, the unique network identifier (ip_address = 123.123.12
3.123) indicates that user-specific customization has been performed.

<Third Embodiment> In the third embodiment,
The network interface unit 2 acquires the printer version number (printer_version = 1.2.3) from the printing unit 1 using the algorithm 3 shown in FIG.
2, the WWW server 12 downloads and installs appropriate software on the personal computer 11.

More specifically, first, a printer version number is obtained from the printing unit 1 (step S21), and then the following http://www.ricoh.co.jp/Install.html?printer_versio
The printer version number is added to the URL of the WWW server 12 as in n = 1.2.3 (step S22), and then the URL is added.
Is notified to the WWW server 12 (step S23). Here, the printer version number (printer_version = 1.2.
3) indicates that user-specific customization has been performed.

[0019]

As described above, according to the first aspect of the present invention, the OA of a customized printer or the like is provided.
The device driver can be automatically downloaded and installed on the personal computer.

According to the second and fifth aspects of the present invention, software depending on a product name (customization) such as a printer can be automatically installed without the user's awareness. Further, there is no need for the user to distinguish between a customized printer and a general printer that has not been customized.

According to the third and fifth aspects of the present invention, software dependent on a specific network identifier can be automatically installed without the user's awareness. Also,
Since the discrimination is made based on the network identifier, the software can be provided only for a specific customer's network.

According to the fourth and fifth aspects of the present invention, software can be automatically installed with the same product name but with a different version. Also, there is no need to consider software compatibility depending on the version.

[Brief description of the drawings]

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a printer as an embodiment of an OA device according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a network according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of a method for installing an OA device driver according to the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating a method of installing an OA device driver according to a second embodiment.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of installing an OA device driver according to a third embodiment.

[Explanation of symbols]

 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 Printing part 2 Network interface part 10 OA equipment (printer) 11 Personal computer 12 WWW server 13 Network

Claims (5)

[Claims]
1. An OA device driver installation method for installing a driver of the OA device in the information terminal in a system in which the information terminal uses the OA device via a network, wherein the OA device has user-specific customization. OA having a step of notifying a WWW server that the operation is being performed; and a step of the WWW server downloading and installing a customized driver of the OA device to the information terminal based on the notification.
How to install device drivers.
2. The method for installing an OA device driver according to claim 1, wherein the OA device notifies the server that the user-specific customization has been performed by an OA device name.
3. The OA device driver installation method according to claim 1, wherein the OA device notifies the server that user-specific customization has been performed using a network-specific identifier.
4. The OA device driver installation method according to claim 1, wherein the OA device notifies the server in a system version that user-specific customization has been performed.
5. The OA device driver installation method according to claim 1, wherein the OA device is a printer.
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