keeping a machine awake/online (Ricoh C5310)

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Press Expert
Sep 7, 2022
We have some Ricoh C5310's used in a mixed self-service office repro type room.

We've already set them up to stay awake for as long as possible, because when they go to sleep there's quite a long wait for the printer to warm up and begin printing.
This is not a problem for high volume repro work, but it's a nuisance for small self-service printing tasks.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep them awake longer? The only thing I can think of is using a separate tool to schedule a single document to print at set intervals during office hours - but that's a bit of a PITA. Are there any other tools that can wake the printer up without actually printing something?

Current settings are:

Sleep Mode Timer: 60 minutes
Lower Power Mode Timer: ON (240 minutes)
Fusing Unit Off Mode Timer: Off
Energy Saver Key to Change Mode: Low Power Mode

Suggestions welcome! (p.s. I know we should just get a small office printer there for this, but that is politically difficult in my organisation for reasons I will not bore you with).


New member
Jun 2, 2023
To extend the active duration of Ricoh C5310 printers in a self-service office repro room, consider the following options:

  1. Adjust Sleep Mode Timer: Increase the Sleep Mode Timer setting to keep the printer awake for a longer period. Try setting it to a value higher than 60 minutes, such as 120 minutes or more.
  2. Utilize Wake-Up Tools: Explore if there are any specific wake-up tools or software designed for Ricoh printers. These tools can send periodic signals to the printer, keeping it awake without the need for printing. They can help maintain an active state during office hours, mimicking the functionality of a printing press.
By implementing these suggestions, you can minimize the warm-up time and enhance the efficiency of self-service printing tasks in your office repro room without additional equipment.
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