05537626 is referenced by 127 patents and cites 23 patents.

Method and apparatus for interfacing a printer to a local area network utilizes a circuit board coupled to the printer. A Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) is disposed on the board for transmitting print data to the printer and for receiving printer status data from the printer. A RAM is also disposed on the board, for storing the print data, the printer status data, and a plurality of application programs. A Local Area Network (LAN) interface is also disposed on the board, for receiving the print data from the LAN, and for transmitting the printer status data to the LAN. A processor is disposed on the board, for executing the plurality of application programs to cause the print data to be transmitted to the printer and the printer status data to be transmitted to the LAN. Preferably, printer control data may also be transmitted over the LAN to control printer functions.

Title
Apparatus for coupling printer with LAN to control printer operation by transferring control parameters, printer status data and printer configuration data between printer and LAN
Application Number
978523
Publication Number
5537626
Application Date
February 13, 1995
Publication Date
July 16, 1996
Inventor
Lorraine F Barrett
Yorba Linda
CA, US
Robert D Wadsworth
Costa Mesa
CA, US
George A Kalwitz
Costa Mesa
CA, US
William C Russell
Laguna Hills
CA, US
Andrew J Kraslavsky
Rancho Santa Margarita
CA, US
Agent
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
Assignee
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
JP
IPC
G06F 15/02
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