SNMP, short for Simple Network Management Protocol, is a set of protocols for managing network devices. SNMP works by sending messages called protocol data units (PDUs) to different parts of a network. SNMP-compliant devices* called "agents" store data about themselves in Management Information Bases (MIBs) and return this data to the SNMP requesters.
* Lexmark printers are SNMP-compliant devices.
Lexmark network laser printers support version 1 of the printer MIB. The Lexmark1.MIB draws off the RFC1759 and printer 3805 V2 standards. For some queries, the Lexmark printer may reply “unknown”, which is a valid response according to the RFC.
Examples of MIB implementation
Duplex MIB (OID – Object Identifier):
Using prtMediaPathDescription (OID 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4.1.10) should yield a return value:
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 = STRING: "Duplex Paper Path"
If duplex is not recognized, you would expect to see the return value:
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 = STRING: "Primary Paper Path"
Color MIB (OID):
Using prtMarkerSuppliesDescription (OID 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1.6) should yield a return value:
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 = STRING: "Cyan Toner"
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 = STRING: "Magenta Toner"
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 = STRING: "Yellow Toner"
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 = STRING: "Black Toner"
If color is not detected, you would expect to see the return value:
- SNMPv2-SMI::mib-184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 = STRING: "Black Toner"
Lexmark MIB documentation and support statement
Lexmark provides the MIB information below as a courtesy to network administrators who use SNMP management utilities. Lexmark does not directly support the use of third-party management tools for the administration of our printers and MFPs.
NOTE: We will provide specific information upon request but only if essential to the implementation of our product.
Download the Lexmark MIB file pack for the following contents:
- Lexmark Private MIB (lexmark1.mib)
- Lexmark Managed Print Services MIB (lexmark-mps-mib.mib)
- Lexmark Root MIB (lexmark-root-mib.mib)
- Lexmark Textual Conventions MIB (lexmark-tc-mib.mib)
NOTE: The referenced MIB files in this package are for use with later (2011 and above) generation products. However, the lexmark1.mib file is viable for both current and older generation products.
Still need help?
If you need additional assistance, please go to the Lexmark support site, type your printer model and locate Get in Touch with Lexmark! for contact information. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need the following:
- Name and version of the solution
- Affected printer model/s
- Printer serial number
Please be near the product/s described in this article to expedite the support process and reduce callbacks.