Originally Published: Wednesday, 26 January 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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Lantronix Brings Powerful Network Printing to the Linux Community

Free Utility Solves Major Network Printing Problem in Linux Environments and Provides Support for Graphics Filters, Banners and Multiple Copy Jobs

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2000--Lantronix, the leading provider of innovative device connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of its free RTEL software utility with support for the Linux operating system.

In conjunction with Lantronix Print Servers, RTEL allows Linux users to bypass the limitations of LPR printing and easily route, print and properly format graphics, multiple copy jobs and more over the network. Until now, these complex printing features were only available when printing to locally connected printers, which limited Linux's usefulness as a server in some office environments.

"Linux users have been longing for an easy way to overcome the shortcomings of LPR printing," said Mark Prowten, print server product manager, Lantronix. "With these new capabilities, Linux servers are now free to play a critical role as the printing backbone of the office network."

The Lantronix RTEL application works by creating a virtual device in the Linux device directory, which allows the Linux server to believe it is printing to a local printer. RTEL transparently passes print jobs over the network to any printer connected by a Lantronix print server, with all banner information, graphics filters and multiple-copy job information intact.

In addition to network printing in pure Linux environments, Lantronix RTEL can be combined with Samba to allow Linux servers to seamlessly spool and manage print jobs from Microsoft(R) Windows(R) clients. Network-attached printers can be advertised and shared in Windows environments, and print jobs can be routed, formatted and printed as if they were connected via a Windows server.

Lantronix RTEL is available for immediate, free download from the Lantronix website at http://www.lantronix.com/products/utils/rtel and also from the Lantronix FTP site at ftp.lantronix.com. Full source code and compiled Linux binaries are available. For more information on the full line of Lantronix print servers, please visit the Lantronix website.

About Lantronix

Lantronix is the leading provider of innovative device connectivity solutions that allow nearly any device to communicate over the Internet and shared networks. Lantronix's Device Servers bring the advantages of high-speed networking and remote management to thousands of unconnected legacy products that today can only communicate through local serial ports.

For manufacturers who need to network-enable their current products, Lantronix provides embedded board-level solutions that accelerate time-to-market, in addition to technology licensing for network-enabling tomorrow's products.

From factory and building automation to remote data collection to security systems and beyond, Lantronix allows system integrators and designers to create networked applications that were never before possible. Lantronix is a privately held company established in 1989 with headquarters in Irvine.

Nearly 2 million Lantronix products have been installed worldwide. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.lantronix.com. CONTACT: Lantronix, Irvine Alex Nathanson, 949/453-7143 alex.nathanson@lantronix.com or Ketchum Public Relations, Sacramento Rob Goodman, 916/449-6168 rob.goodman@ketchum.com