JP2006088546A - Printing system and method for setting its set value - Google Patents

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JP2006088546A
JP2006088546A JP2004277554A JP2004277554A JP2006088546A JP 2006088546 A JP2006088546 A JP 2006088546A JP 2004277554 A JP2004277554 A JP 2004277554A JP 2004277554 A JP2004277554 A JP 2004277554A JP 2006088546 A JP2006088546 A JP 2006088546A
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Yuriko Inagawa
Atsuhiro Ito
Eiji Nishi
Noriyuki Tatsuma
Jun Wakamatsu
篤宏 伊藤
由里子 稲川
教之 立間
潤 若松
栄治 西
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Provided are a printing system and a setting value setting method for copying a setting value of a specific printing apparatus to another printing apparatus without applying a load to the specific printing apparatus.
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The printing apparatus 10-1 copies the setting value of the printing apparatus 10-1 to the copy destination printing apparatus 10-1 via the network 120, and further copies the setting value of the printing apparatus 10-1. The list of printing apparatuses is transferred to the copy destination printing apparatus 10-2, so that the setting values of a plurality of printing apparatuses connected to the network are sequentially rewritten.
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  The present invention relates to a printing apparatus that sets setting values of a plurality of printing apparatuses on a network, and in particular, copies setting values of a specific printing apparatus to another printing apparatus without applying a load to the specific printing apparatus. And a setting value setting method thereof.

  Conventionally, in a printing system having a plurality of printing apparatuses in a network such as a LAN (Local Area Network), when setting values of the printing apparatuses are set in the plurality of printing apparatuses, the administrator of the printing apparatus 1 It was troublesome because it was necessary to set a setting value for each printing device connected to the network.

In order to solve the above problem, Patent Document 1 proposes a default device, a printer, and a printer configuration providing method for copying a setting value set for an arbitrary printing device and setting the setting value to another printing device. Has been.
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  However, in the technique proposed in Patent Document 1, in order to set a plurality of printing apparatuses, it is necessary to repeat the setting of the same procedure, which is not efficient. It is difficult to set for the device.

  Therefore, the present invention can easily set a setting value for a plurality of printing apparatuses connected to a network, and can also be applied to a specific printing apparatus without applying a load to the specific printing apparatus. It is an object of the present invention to provide a printing system and a setting value setting method thereof capable of copying the setting values of the above to other printing apparatuses.

  In order to achieve the above object, the invention according to claim 1 is a printing system having a plurality of printing devices connected to a network, wherein the printing device sends its set value to a copy destination printing device via the network. A copy unit for copying, and a printing device list transmission unit for transmitting a copy device list to be copied by the copy unit to the copy destination printing device via the network. The setting values of the plurality of printing devices are sequentially rewritten by transferring the printing device list to be copied to the copy destination printing device by the printing device list transmission means.

  The invention of claim 2 further comprises processing result transmission means for transmitting the processing result of the copy processing by the copying means to the next copy destination printing apparatus via the network in the invention of claim 1. The processing results transmitted by the processing result transmitting means are aggregated for each copy process by the copying means, and sequentially transferred to the next copy destination printing apparatus as a processing result list, so that the plural printing results can be obtained by the final printing apparatus. The processing results of the printing apparatus are totaled.

  The invention of claim 3 further comprises processing result transmission means for transmitting the processing result of the copy processing by the copying means to a predetermined printing apparatus via the network in the invention of claim 1, wherein the copy The processing result of the plurality of printing devices in the predetermined printing device by transmitting the processing result of the copy processing of each printing device to the predetermined printing device by the processing result transmitting unit for each copy processing by the means It is characterized by tabulating.

  According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a setting value setting method for a printing system having a plurality of printing devices connected to a network, wherein each printing device sends its own setting value to a copy destination printing device by a copy means. The printing device list to be copied by the copying unit is transmitted to the copy destination printing device via the network by the printing device list transmission unit, and the printing process is performed by the copying unit during the copying process. The setting values of the plurality of printing apparatuses are sequentially rewritten by transferring the copy target printing apparatus list to the copy destination printing apparatus by an apparatus list transmission unit.

  According to the printing system and the setting value setting method of the present invention, the printing apparatus copies the setting value of itself to the copy destination printing apparatus via the network, and the list of printing apparatuses to be copied by the copying means. A printing apparatus list transmitting means for transmitting to the copy destination printing apparatus via the network, and a copy apparatus list to be copied to the copy destination printing apparatus by the printing apparatus list transmission means at the time of copy processing by the copying means. Since the setting values of a plurality of printing devices are sequentially rewritten by transferring the setting value, the setting values of the specific printing device can be copied to another printing device without applying a load to the specific printing device. There is an effect that can.

  Hereinafter, a printing system to which the present invention is applied will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

  First, the configuration of a printing system 100 to which the present invention is applied will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 1 is a configuration diagram showing the configuration of a printing system 100 to which the present invention is applied.

  The printing system 100 includes a Web browser 111 in a network 120, and a client PC (Personal Computer) 110 that instructs to copy setting values, a printing device 10-1, a printing device 10-2, a printing device 10-3, ... a printing apparatus 10-N (collectively called the printing apparatus 10) is connected.

  Next, the internal configuration of the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied will be described.

  FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an internal configuration of the printing apparatus 10.

  The printing apparatus 10 performs a response process with the communication control unit 201 that performs control processing of data communication, the Web browser 111 of the client PC 110, and displays a list of results of copying the setting values, Processing result that is a result of setting values set in each printing apparatus, the authentication unit 203 that authenticates the password and user name for the printing apparatus 10 that is sent together when the setting value list is sent A log storage unit 204 that stores a list, a setting value storage unit 205 that stores setting values of the printing apparatus, a process of interpreting the sent setting value list and storing the setting values in the setting value storage unit 205, Processing to read the setting values stored in the storage unit 205 and create a setting value list, and to notify the log storage unit of the completion of setting value setting Set value interpretation / conversion unit 206, printing unit 207 responsible for printing functions, setting value list, setting the printing device list, and a list generator 209 of making processing results list.

  Next, how the setting values are copied between the printing apparatuses 10 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 3 is a configuration diagram showing information that moves between printing apparatuses when a setting value is copied between a plurality of printing apparatuses 10 to which the present invention is applied.

  Information that moves between the printing apparatuses 10 when the setting values set in the printing apparatus 10-1 are copied to the printing apparatus 10-2, the printing apparatus 10-3,... Has been.

  A setting value list in which setting values are described from the printing apparatus 10-1 that is a copy source, a setting printing apparatus list in which the setting values of the printing apparatus 10-1 are copied, and a setting printing apparatus A processing result list in which the status of whether or not the setting value is applied to the printing apparatus 10 described in the list is sent to the printing apparatus 10-2.

  When setting values are set by the printing apparatus 10-2, a setting value list, a setting printing apparatus list, and a processing result list are sent from the printing apparatus 10-2 to the printing apparatus 10-3.

  In this manner, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are transmitted from the printing apparatus 10 to the printing apparatus 10 in a bucket relay manner, and the setting values are set in each printing apparatus 10.

  Since information is transmitted in a bucket-relay manner, when setting values for a plurality of printing apparatuses 10, information is not transmitted from one printing apparatus to all other printing apparatuses. Setting values can be set without imposing a load on the printing apparatus.

  When the setting value is set in the printing apparatus 10-N described as the final printing apparatus in the setting printing apparatus list, the processing result list is sent from the printing apparatus 10-N to the printing apparatus 10-1.

  When the information of the processing result list is sent, the printing apparatus 10-1 can confirm which printing apparatus 10 has completed setting among the printing apparatuses 10 described in the setting printing apparatus list (processing result list). Will be described in detail later).

  Note that the method of sending the processing result list from the printing apparatus 10-N to the printing apparatus 10-1 is not directly sent from the printing apparatus 10-N to the printing apparatus 10-1, as described above. −1, printing apparatus 10-2, printing apparatus 10-3,..., Printing apparatus 10-N, and the printing apparatus 10-N,. 2. A method of returning the processing result list to the original state in a bucket relay manner in the order of the printing apparatus 10-1 and sending it to the printing apparatus 10-1.

  As a method of sending the processing result list to the printing apparatus 10-1, as shown in FIG. 4, a method of sending from each printing apparatus 10 that copies the setting value may be used.

  FIG. 4 is a configuration diagram illustrating information that moves between printing apparatuses when setting values are copied between printing apparatuses by a method different from the method illustrated in FIG. 3.

  The method shown in FIG. 4 is the same as when the printing apparatus 10 to which the setting value list, setting printing apparatus list, and processing result list are sent sends the setting value list, setting printing apparatus list, and processing result list to the next printing apparatus 10. The processing result list is sent to the printing apparatus 10-1, and the processing result list may be sent by such a method.

  When the processing result list is sent to the printing apparatus 10-1 by the method shown in FIG. 4, when a specific printing apparatus 10 is skipped due to connection refusal or unknown printing apparatus, the skipped printing apparatus 10 skips the process result list. A processing result list including information on the specific printing apparatus 10 is sent to the printing apparatus 10-1.

  Next, the setting value list sent between the printing apparatuses 10 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 5 is a table showing a setting value list in which setting values set in the printing apparatus 10 are described.

  The setting value list is used when setting the setting value of each printing apparatus 10 and is a list sent between the printing apparatuses 10 in a bucket relay manner as shown in FIG.

  In the setting value list, a setting value item 501 and its setting value 502 are described.

  For example, FIG. 5 shows a set value list as a set value list of a Ray 1 paper size, a Ray 1 paper type, a Ray 1 paper instruction, a font used, and a power saving time. A set value 502 is set as a value corresponding to each item. , A4, Normal, No, Gothic, 2 minutes.

  The information described in the setting value 502 may be text or binary data, and the type is not limited.

  Further, the information described in the setting value 502 may be encrypted.

  A setting value that is described in the setting value list and transmitted from the printing apparatus 10-1 that is a setting value copy source and that is a setting instruction printing apparatus that has instructed setting value setting is described in a setting value item 501. All set values may be transmitted, or a set value to be transmitted by the user is arbitrarily designated, and only the set value of the designated set value item 501 is input to the set value 502 for transmission. Anyway.

  Setting values are set in the printing apparatus 10 using such a setting value list.

  Next, the setting printing device list sent between the printing devices 10 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 6 is a table showing a setting printing device list indicating the address of the printing device 10 for setting the setting value and the password of the printing device 10.

  The setting printing device list is created by the printing device 10-1 that is a copy source of the setting value, and describes the address of the printing device 10 to which the setting value is set and the authentication password of the printing device 10.

  An address 601 and a password 602 are described in the setting printing device list.

  The address 601 describes the address of the printing apparatus 10 to which the setting value is set, and the password of the printing apparatus 10 in which each address is described is described corresponding to each address.

  In the present invention, when sending information in a bucket relay manner, the printing apparatus 10 that has finished setting the setting value refers to such a setting printing apparatus list, and the next printing apparatus that sends the setting value list or the like Check 10.

  Upon receiving the setting value list or the like, the printing apparatus 10 confirms the password written in the setting printing apparatus list and performs authentication.

  The password is encrypted.

  In addition, the password of the printing apparatus 10-1 described with reference to FIG. 4 and serving as a copy source of the setting value is also written for receiving a processing result list and the like.

  Next, a processing result list sent between the printing apparatuses 10 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 7 is a table showing a processing result list in which the setting values are set.

  The processing result list describes the setting printing device 701 and the status 702.

  In the present invention, the status of the printing apparatus 10 that has been set is described in the status 702 according to the status in which the setting value is set by sending information in a bucket relay manner.

  For example, “complete” is described in the status 702 column of the printing apparatus 10 for the printing apparatus 10 in which the setting value setting has been normally completed.

  Also, if the connection is refused because the setting printing device list is sent to the printing device 10 and the authentication does not match, a password input error may be considered, so the status 702 of the setting printing device 701 whose connection has been refused. “Connection refused” is described in the column of “”, and a setting value list or the like is sent to the first printing apparatus 10 in which “not set” is described in the column of status 702.

  If the printing apparatus 10 itself is not found, an address input error of the printing apparatus 10 may be considered. Therefore, the status of the other printing apparatus 10 is set to “printing apparatus unknown”, and the head described as unset. A setting value list or the like is sent to the printing apparatus 10.

  In addition, “not set” is described in a printing apparatus for which setting of setting values has not been completed.

  Next, how the setting values are set between the printing apparatuses 10 will be described in detail with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 8 is a state transition diagram showing how setting values are set between the printing apparatuses 10.

  First, the user requests an execution screen from the Web browser 111 of the client PC 110 on the network to the printing apparatus 10-1 having a setting value as a copy source.

  Upon receiving the request for the execution screen, the Web Server unit 202 of the printing apparatus 10-1 transmits a setting value copy execution screen to the client PC 110.

  When the Web browser 111 of the client PC 110 receives the setting value copy execution screen from the printing apparatus 10-1, the Web browser 111 displays the setting value copy execution screen on a display (not shown).

  The user inputs the address of the printing apparatus 10 for setting the setting value and the authentication password for the printing apparatus 10 from the received setting value copy execution screen.

  Here, the setting value copy execution screen will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 9 is a screen configuration diagram of a setting value copy execution screen displayed on a display (not shown) of the client PC 110.

  The setting value copy execution screen includes fields for inputting the address of the printing apparatus 10 that is the setting value setting destination, the password of the printing apparatus 10, and the password of the printing apparatus 10-1 for instructing the setting. Enter the address of the printing apparatus 10 in which the setting value is to be set in the field and the password of the printing apparatus 10.

  Also, a copy execution button 901 is arranged at the bottom of the screen, and the copy execution button 901 is pressed when starting copying to the input printing apparatus 10.

  When the user presses the copy execution button 901, a setting value copy execution screen in which the address and password are input is sent to the printing apparatus 10-1 having the setting value as the copy source.

  In the printing apparatus 10-1 that has received the setting value copy execution screen, an authentication user name, a setting value list, a setting printing apparatus list, and a processing result list are created.

  When the authentication user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are created in the printing device 10-1, the first printing device of the unset printing device described in the processing result list (this embodiment) In this example, the authentication user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are transmitted to the printing device 10-2.

  The protocol used in transmission / reception is HTTP.

  The printing device 10-2 that has received the authentication user name, setting value list, setting printing device list, and processing result list and has not been set with the setting value has received the authentication user name and the password described in the setting printing device list. The authentication unit 203 performs the authentication.

For authentication, HTTP BASIC authentication is used, and the MIB sysObjectID is used as the user name for authentication, so that the definition of the ID differs for each model as well as the manufacturer of the printing apparatus. Although it is possible to enter a transmission password for each address, in order to simplify the input to multiple addresses, if the password entry is omitted on the execution screen, the password of your machine will be substituted. And can be used.

  In the authentication unit 203, when the authentication user name and the password do not match, the authentication cannot be performed for the printing apparatus 10-1 that is the transmission source that has passed the authentication user name and the like to the printing apparatus 10-2 Notify that.

  In the printing apparatus 10-1 that has received the notification that the authentication could not be performed, the printing apparatus 10-2 that could not be authenticated is described in the processing result list as “connection rejection”, and the first printing of the unconfigured printing apparatus is performed again. An authentication user name, a setting value list, a setting printing device list, and a processing result list are sent to the device.

  When the authentication user name and password match in the authentication unit 203 of the printing apparatus 10-2, the setting value interpretation / conversion unit 206 reads the setting value from the received setting value list, and sets the setting value storage unit. The setting value is stored in the printing apparatus 10-2.

  Note that the side that transmits the setting value list transmits the setting value list without checking the machine configuration of the receiving side.

  The side that has received the setting value list sets the common setting values as they are, and does not set the setting values having different configurations.

  For example, if the printing device 10-1 that is the copy source of the setting value is a three-tray model printer and the side that receives the setting value list is a one-tray model printer, Set only the setting value of the stage.

  When the setting of the setting value is completed in the printing apparatus 10-2, “completed” is described in the column of the setting printing apparatus 701 corresponding to the printing apparatus 10-2 in the processing result list.

  The printing apparatus 10-2 that has completed setting of the setting value then operates as a transmitting apparatus that transmits the setting value list from the receiving apparatus that receives the setting value list.

  That is, the first printing device 10 in the printing device 10 described as not set in the processing result list held in the printing device 10-2 (in this embodiment, the printing device 10-3). The authentication user name, setting value list, setting printing device list, and processing result list are transmitted.

  The printing apparatus 10-3 that has received the authentication user name, the setting value list, the setting printing apparatus list, and the processing result list performs authentication in the same manner as the above-described printing apparatus 10-2 that has received the list and the like. The same operation as that of the printing apparatus 10-2 described above is performed.

  Thus, in a bucket relay manner, one printing apparatus 10 receives the authentication user name, setting value list, setting printing apparatus list, and processing result list, sets the setting value, and authenticates to the next printing apparatus 10. The user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are transmitted between the printing devices 10.

  When there is no unset printing apparatus 10 (NO in step 801), the processing result list, authentication user name, A setting printer list is transmitted.

  In the printing apparatus 10-1 that has received the processing result list, the authentication user name, and the setting printing apparatus list, the authentication unit 203 authenticates the authentication user name and the password described in the setting printing apparatus list, and matches. For example, the processing result list is stored in the log storage unit 204, and if not matched, the processing ends.

  Next, pages that can display the status of other printing apparatuses 10 based on the processing result list stored in the log storage unit 204 by each printing apparatus 10 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 10 is a screen configuration diagram showing a setting value copy execution result list display screen displayed on the Web Server unit 202 of the printing apparatus 10-3.

  On the screen, the setting value setting result of each printing apparatus 10 is displayed based on the processing result list stored in the log storage unit 204 by the printing apparatus 10-3.

  Since the printing apparatus 10 itself was not found from the other party to which the printing apparatus 10-3 transmitted the authentication user name, setting value list, setting printing apparatus list, and processing result list, the result of the printing apparatus 10 with the number 3 Is displayed as “unknown printer”.

  In addition, the setting value execution result list display screen shown in FIG. 10 displays the displayed printing apparatuses with URL links to the internal WebServer units of the respective printing apparatuses added.

  The setting value execution result list display screen shown in FIG. 10 is displayed by referring to the processing result list stored in the log storage unit 204 by the Web Server unit 202 of each printing apparatus. When the printing apparatus 10 that has instructed the setting tries to set all the printing apparatuses 10 and receives the processing result list from the last printing apparatus (printing apparatus 10-N in FIG. 3), all the setting apparatuses that have attempted the setting The setting result of the printing apparatus 10 is displayed.

  When the processing result list is sent from the plurality of printing apparatuses 10 as shown in FIG. 4 as the method of sending the processing result list to the printing apparatus 10 that is the copy source and instructed the setting, the processing result list Each time is sent, the processing result list stored in the log storage unit 204 is rewritten to reflect new information and displayed on the set value execution result list display screen.

  The setting value execution result list display screen may be displayed on the client PC 110 that has instructed copying of the setting values.

  Next, processing performed in the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied will be described in detail with reference to FIGS. 11 and 12.

  11 and 12 are flowcharts showing a processing flow performed in the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied.

  First, the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied is configured as a printing apparatus 10-1 that receives an instruction from the client PC 110 and instructs setting as a copy source of setting values, like the printing apparatus 10-1 illustrated in FIG. May work.

  First, a processing flow of processing performed by the printing apparatus 10-1 that functions as the printing apparatus 10-1 that instructs setting as a copy source of setting values will be described.

  First, when receiving a request for an execution screen from the client PC 110 (YES in Step 1101), the printing apparatus 10-1 transmits a setting value copy execution screen to the client PC 110 (Step 1102), and sets a setting value from the client PC. A setting value copy execution screen describing the address and password of the printing apparatus 10 is received (step 1103), and an authentication user name, setting value list, processing result list, and setting printing apparatus list are created (step 1104).

  Then, a connection request is transmitted to the first printing apparatus 10-2 in order to send a setting value list or the like to the first printing apparatus 10 that is displayed as not set in the setting printing apparatus list. (In this case, as shown in FIG. 3, it is assumed that a setting value list or the like is sent from the printing apparatus 10-1 instructing setting to the printing apparatus 10-2) (step 1106).

  When an authentication request notification is received from the destination printing apparatus 10-2 that has transmitted the connection request (step 1107), the authentication user name and the setting printing apparatus are used to authenticate the destination printing apparatus 10-2. The list is transmitted (step 1108).

  When a copy permission notification is received from the transmission destination printing apparatus 10-2 that has transmitted the connection request in step 1106 (step 1109), the processing result list and setting values are sent to the transmission destination printing apparatus 10-2. The list is transmitted (step 1110).

  When a setting value setting completion notification is received from the printing apparatus 10-2 that is the transmission destination of the setting value list to which the connection request is transmitted in step 1106 (YES in step 1111), it is stored in the log storage unit 204. In the processing result list, the setting completion of the destination printing apparatus 10-2 is recorded and saved.

  When the printing apparatus 10 is a setting value copy source and a setting instruction printing apparatus (YES in step 1113) as in the printing apparatus 10-1 shown in FIG. When the setting is completed, a connection request for the purpose of transmitting the processing result list is sent from the printing apparatus 10 (printing apparatus 10-N in FIG. 3) in which there is no unconfigured printing apparatus 10 in the processing result list. Receive (step 1114).

  When the connection request is received, an authentication request is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10 that has made the connection request (printing apparatus 10-N in FIG. 3).

  When the authentication user name and the setting printing device list are received from the printing device 10 (printing device 10-N in FIG. 3) that has made the connection request in step 1114 (YES in step 1116), the authentication user name and setting printing are performed. Authentication is performed based on the device list (step 1117).

  If the authentication user name and password match (YES in step 1118), the processing result list transmission permission is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10 (printing apparatus 10-N in FIG. 3) which has requested connection in step 1114. (Step 1119).

  Then, the processing result list is sent from the printing apparatus 10 (printing apparatus 10-N in FIG. 3) that has received the transmission permission, and the printing apparatus 10-1 that has received the processing result list (YES in step 1120) stores the log. The processing result list stored in the unit 204 is overwritten and stored (step 1121), and the processing is terminated.

  In step 1107, if the authentication request notification is received but cannot be received even after the arbitrarily set t seconds (YES in step 1122), it is determined that the printing apparatus 10-2 itself has not been found and the processing is performed. “Printer unknown” is recorded in the result list and stored in the log storage unit 204 (step 1123).

  If a copy rejection notification is received in step 1124 (YES in step 1124), the printing apparatus 10-2 records “connection rejection” in the processing result list, assuming that the authentication is not matched and the connection is rejected. The log is saved in the log saving unit 204 (step 1125).

  Further, the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied, like the printing apparatus 10-2 shown in FIG. 3, receives the setting value list and sets the setting value, and sets the setting value to the next printing apparatus 10-3. A list etc. may be transmitted.

  A processing flow for processing performed in the printing apparatus in such a case will be described.

  First, the printing apparatus 10 such as the printing apparatus 10-3 aims to copy setting values from the printing apparatus 10 that transmits a setting value list or the like without receiving an execution request from the client PC (NO in step 1101). The connection request is received (YES in step 1126).

  Then, an authentication request is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10 that has made a connection request in step 1126 (step 1127).

  After the authentication request is transmitted, if the authentication user name and the setting printing device list are received from the printing device that has made the connection request in step 1126 (YES in step 1128), the authentication is performed based on the authentication user name and the setting printing device list. (Step 1129), and if the authentication user name and the password described in the setting printing device list match (YES in Step 1130), a notification of copy permission is sent to the printing device 10 which has made the connection request. Transmit (step 1131).

  When a processing result list and a setting value list are received from the printing apparatus 10 that has made a connection request in step 1126 after sending a copy permission notification (YES in step 1132), they are described in the received setting value list. The set value is set in the printing apparatus 10-2 (step 1133).

  When setting of the setting value is completed, a notification of completion of setting value setting is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10 which has made a connection request in step 1126 (step 1134), and “complete” is recorded in the processing result list and logged. Saving in the saving unit 204 (step 1135).

  In step 1130, if the authentication user name and password do not match (NO in step 1130), a copy rejection is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10 requested to connect in step 1126 (step 1136), and the process is terminated.

  When the setting value list is received and the setting is completed and recorded and saved in the processing result list (step 1135 ends), the printing apparatus 10-2 then sets the setting value list to the next printing apparatus 10-3. The transmission function is activated in order to transmit etc.

  First, the printing apparatus transmits a connection request to the first printing apparatus described as not set in the processing result list (described by taking the printing apparatus 10-3 of FIG. 3 as an example) (step 1106).

  When the authentication request notification is received from the printing apparatus 10-3 that transmitted the connection request in step 1106 (YES in step 1107), the authentication user name and the set printing apparatus list are transmitted to the printing apparatus 10-3 (step 1108). A copy permission notice is received from the destination printing apparatus 10-3 (step 1109).

  Then, the processing result list and the setting value list are transmitted to the transmission destination printing apparatus 10-3 that has transmitted the connection request in step 1106 (step 1110), and the setting is completed from the transmission destination printing apparatus 10-3. When the notification is received (YES in step 1111), “done” of the transmission destination is recorded in the processing result list and stored in the log storage unit 204, and the process is terminated (NO in step 1113).

  Further, the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied, like the printing apparatus 10-N and the printing apparatus 10-1 shown in FIG. The authentication user name and the setting printing device list may be transmitted to the printing device 10-1 that is the copy source of the setting value.

  A processing flow for processing performed in the printing apparatus 10-N in such a case will be described.

  The process of receiving the setting value list or the like as the receiving apparatus by the printing apparatus 10-N is the same as the process shown in steps 1126 to 1135 described by taking the printing apparatus 10-2 as an example, and the description thereof will be omitted.

  When the printing apparatus 10-N transmits a processing result list, an authentication user name, and a setting printing apparatus list as a transmission apparatus, first, from a state where there is no unconfigured printing apparatus in the processing result list (NO in step 1105). ), A connection request for transmitting the processing result list is transmitted to the printing apparatus 10-1 that is the copy source of the setting value (step 1138).

  When the authentication request notification is received from the printing apparatus 10-1 that is the copy source of the setting value (YES in step 1139), the authentication user name and the setting printing apparatus list are transmitted to the printing apparatus 10-1 (step 1). 1140).

  When the authentication is matched in the printing apparatus 10-1 that is the copy source of the setting value and the connection permission for processing result list transmission is received from the printing apparatus 10-1 (YES in step 1141), the printing apparatus 10-1 receives the connection permission. On the other hand, the processing result list is transmitted (step 1142), and the processing is terminated.

  Note that if the authentication request from the printing device that is the copy source of the setting value cannot be received in step 1139 even after the arbitrarily set t seconds have elapsed (YES in step 1143), the printing device is determined to be unknown. In step 1140, after the authentication user name and the set print list are transmitted to the printing apparatus 10-1, the printing apparatus 10-1 does not match the authentication, and the printing apparatus 10-1 rejects the connection. If the notification is received (YES in step 1144), the process is also terminated.

  Note that the authentication user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are transmitted from the printing device 10 to the printing device 10, and are transmitted because the authentication does not match from the printing device 10 that is the transmission destination. If it is rejected or there is no response from the destination printing apparatus 10, the authentication user name or the like may be transmitted by skipping to the next unset printing apparatus described in the set printing apparatus list. I can do it.

  Note that when sending the authentication user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list from the printing device 10 to the printing device 10, printing devices other than the printing device instructing the setting that is the copy source are: It is also possible to delete the address and password, which are their own information, from the set printing device list and send them to the next printing device.

  Note that when the authentication device user name, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list are transmitted from the printing device 10 to the printing device 10, there is no response from the printing device 10 that is the transmission destination, or printing of the transmission destination. When the transmission is rejected from the apparatus, the address and password of the printing apparatus 10 that has not been responded or has been rejected are deleted from the set printing apparatus list, and then the next unconfigured printing apparatus 10 is authenticated. User name etc. can be transmitted.

  When transmitting the authentication user name, setting value list, setting printing device list, and processing result list from the printing device 10 to the printing device 10, the destination printing device 10 is skipped for some reason and the next unset In the case of transmission to the printing apparatus 10, the printing apparatus 10 that is the copy source of the setting value that first instructed the setting uses “printing apparatus unknown” and “connection refusal” written in the returned processing result list. Since the information of the skipped printing device 10 can be obtained, the setting value copy effective screen is reconstructed based on the information of the returned processing result list, and again for the skipped printing device, The user name for authentication, the setting value list, the setting printing device list, and the processing result list can be transmitted preferentially (setting of the number of transmissions, transmission interval, etc. is possible).

  In the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied, not only the setting values of the printing apparatus 10 but also print jobs and F / W (firmware) are transferred to the plurality of printing apparatuses 10. In this case, what is transmitted to each printing apparatus is not a set value list but a list suitable for a print job or firmware.

  The present invention can be used in a printing system having a plurality of printing apparatuses connected to a network.

  According to the present invention, it is possible to copy a setting value of a specific printing apparatus to another printing apparatus without applying a load to the specific printing apparatus.

1 is a configuration diagram showing a configuration of a printing system 100 to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing an internal configuration of the printing apparatus 10. FIG. 3 is a configuration diagram illustrating information that moves between printing apparatuses when setting values are copied between a plurality of printing apparatuses to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 4 is a configuration diagram illustrating information that moves between printing apparatuses when setting values are copied between printing apparatuses by a method different from the method illustrated in FIG. 3. The table | surface which showed the setting value list which described the setting value set in the printing apparatus 10. The table | surface which showed the setting printing apparatus list | wrist which showed the address of the printing apparatus 10 which sets a setting value, and the password of this printing apparatus. A table showing a processing result list that describes the status in which setting values are set. FIG. 3 is a state transition diagram illustrating how setting values are set between printing apparatuses. The screen block diagram of the setting value copy execution screen displayed on the display which the client PC110 does not illustrate. FIG. 6 is a screen configuration diagram showing a setting value copy execution result list display screen displayed on a Web server unit 202 of the printing apparatus 10-3. 3 is a flowchart showing a processing flow performed in the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied. 3 is a flowchart showing a processing flow performed in the printing apparatus 10 to which the present invention is applied.

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  1. In a printing system having a plurality of printing devices connected to a network,
    The printing apparatus includes:
    Copy means for copying its own set value to a copy destination printing apparatus via the network;
    A printing device list transmission unit that transmits a printing device list to be copied by the copying unit to the copy destination printing device via the network, respectively.
    In the copying process by the copying unit, the setting values of the plurality of printing apparatuses are sequentially rewritten by transferring the printing apparatus list to be copied to the copy destination printing apparatus by the printing apparatus list transmitting unit. Characteristic printing system.
  2. Processing result transmission means for transmitting the processing result of the copy processing by the copy means to the next copy destination printing apparatus via the network;
    The processing results transmitted by the processing result transmitting means are aggregated for each copy process by the copying means, and sequentially transferred to the next copy destination printing apparatus as a processing result list, so that the final printing apparatus can The printing system according to claim 1, wherein the processing results of the printing apparatus are totaled.
  3. Processing result transmitting means for transmitting the processing result of the copy processing by the copying means to a predetermined printing device via the network;
    The processing result transmission unit transmits the processing result of the copy process of each printing device to the predetermined printing device for each copy processing by the copying unit, so that the predetermined printing device can perform the processing of the plurality of printing devices. The printing system according to claim 1, wherein the processing results are totaled.
  4. In a setting value setting method of a printing system having a plurality of printing devices connected to a network,
    Each printing device copies its own set value to the copy destination printing device via the network by the copying means,
    A printing device list to be copied by the copying unit is transmitted to the copy destination printing device via the network by a printing device list transmission unit;
    In the copying process by the copying unit, the setting values of the plurality of printing apparatuses are sequentially rewritten by transferring the printing apparatus list to be copied to the copy destination printing apparatus by the printing apparatus list transmitting unit. A characteristic setting method of a printing system.
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