In this article, you can find the minimum hardware requirements for local agent servers, network infrastructure, local storage, station devices for production events, dispatch devices for shipping, dispatch label printers, handheld barcode scanners,
NOTES: The specifications below will vary in different environments. Your experience will be best when using the Recommended Approach, shown below in red.
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Black = Mandatory Requirement
Red = Recommended approach
Blue = Optional
Local Agent Server
The “HP Super Agent” needs to be installed on a PC, server, VM, or a compatible DFE with 64bit Windows 8 onwards. Server size can be small or medium, with a minimum of 100GB storage 8GB RAM running. Temp files will be created during a file transfer (E.G., downloading Batch Print files) but automatically deleted.
This software communicates with local printers and manages the synchronization of files with the cloud.
10/100/1000Mb or WiFi
Most customers already have a local file server/SAN used to store customer artwork before it is sent to press. The Local Agent server can also be used for this purpose. (Please increase storage as needed ~5TB).
Station Devices for Production Events
At least 1 x Chromebook (Recommended) or 1 x PC with a cabled network (Recommended) or PC on a WiFi network. Other types of devices including tablets may not be supported.
Dispatch Devices for Shipping
At least 1 x Chromebook or 1 x PC with a cabled network or wireless network
Dispatch Label Printer(s)
For printing your carrier labels, you will need at least one label printer. We have tested and recommend the Zebra ZD410. Please ensure you specify the model with an onboard Ethernet connection (RJ45).
This must be set with a static IP address.
Do not attempt to use a USB model with any separate print server (hardware) device or connected to a PC. This will not work and will not be supported.
TIP: If you are purchasing these as new, please buy one and test them before buying any more. Typically, carriers create labels that are (203 dpi). The Zebra printer you choose for printing those labels should have the (203 dpi) option installed.
Handheld Barcode Scanner(s)
A 1d (linear) barcode scanner is inexpensive but only supports 1D barcode scanning. Therefore, it may be restrictive in the future depending on the project types that you have to support.
TIP: If you are purchasing these as new, please buy one and test them before buying any more.
Batch-Sheet A4 / Letter Laser or Inkjet Printer
You will need a separate laser / Inkjet printer for printing banner (batch) sheets at the press so that the press operator can insert the sheets into the stack.
Assembly or Reconciliation Wall Displays
1 x Chromebook or PC with a cabled network or wireless network.
If required, displays can also be mounted on stands or walls. These can be either Smart TVs, TVs with Chrome adaptors, or PCs connected to monitors. Each TV needs to be able to display a web browser. You can also use the Dispatch Device above.
Reconciliation Bins/ Assembly Bins
Shelving, boxes, bins, pallets, or floor space, whatever option works for you. Each must be sequentially numbered.
Invoice, Attachment, Reconcile Ticket, Barcode Printers
These most often require a letter/A4 printer. We suggest the HP LaserJet Pro 400 printer M401dn or equivalent. If configured properly, it may be possible to print these types of documents on a Zebra label printer.
Here is a high-level workflow example.