In the trenches print provider discovers time saver
By Jay Higashi
I then set up my home computer, onto
which I loaded the Timbuktu Pro software.
Using my VPN server address, username,
and password, I configured my Internet connection
setting. I was ready for a trial run.
I left my work computer on when I
went home the next day, making sure to
set the power saving settings to "never
sleep." I loaded a 100-ft roll of media onto
our HP printer's take-up reel.
At home, I selected "VPN" in my Internet
connection settings and selected
"connect." I then started Timbuktu Pro,
selected "new connection," and entered
the IP address of my work computer, and
hit the enter key. Finally, I entered my
username and password.
Instantly, I was able to see my work
computer screen on my home computer.
The beauty of this is that I was not sending
any large files over the Internet"?rather I
was just remotely controlling my work
computer from my home computer. So, as
with any normal printing job where I was
actually at my office desk, I could open a
file, configure the page, and send the file to
the printer. In addition, I was not limited to
just my own work computer"?I could also
access all of my department's computers
(as long as I had the IP addresses), which
could come in handy if the job resided on
another computer besides my own.
Two other aspects to note here:
Now, on any given night, I can bring
home a stack of work orders, and send
prints without having to make the long
drive back to work. Not only is there a
substantial time savings, but with the
cost of gasoline these days, there's a pure
dollar savings as well.
Remote Access Options
Several choices are available when it comes to
remote-access software, here are just a few: