Today’s tutorial will cover how to set up your Epson converted sublimation printer with Epson Connect to remotely prevent ink clogs while you are vacationing. I just returned from a week of exploring the fall foliage in SW Colorado. I’ll admit, I was just as worried about my converted Epson printer’s sublimation ink drying up as I was the plants drying up (it’s incredibly dry here). It’s one thing to ask someone to water your plants while you’re away, but run nozzle checks??
Not to worry! You can email prints to your Epson printer to remotely prevent ink clogs. This will work for EcoTank and WorkForce printer models. Let’s get it set up!
Step 1: Epson Connect Registration
First of all, make sure your printer is powered on, connected to the internet, and loaded with plain, letter size copy paper.
Go to Epson Connect. If you registered your printer when you first set it up, you may already have an account. Log in and proceed to step 2. No account? Click the orange “Go” button under Setup.
Click the “Registering a Printer from Your Computer” link. Follow the New Registration instructions which will have you download a zip file. Open the file and run the execution file, following the prompts. Once the file set up is complete, click Finish.
Next, it will search for printers on your network and computer. Select your Epson sublimation printer and click Next. On the next screen, you can register or remove the printer. We want to register it so keep the “Printer Registration” option selected and click Next. This will assign the printer an email address with Epson that may be changed to something easier to remember later on.
After reviewing terms, the next step is to create an Epson Connect Account. Enter in your email (not the printer’s) and chosen password and click “Finish!” After this step, your printer will print out a sheet with the printer’s email address.
Step 2: Configure Options in Epson Connect
Return to Epson Connect. This time, click on the blue “Go” button under “User Page.” Log in with your email and password that you set up for the Epson Connect account. The screen will look like this:
Rename Printer’s Email Address
On the left hand menu bar, go to “Printer Email Address.” Fill out a memorable address in “New Printer Email Address.” Click “Apply,” and then restart your printer to apply this change.
Next, select “Email Notification Settings” on the left hand menu. Select or deselect what you wish. I only have notifications for print errors selected. Click “Apply.” With this setting, I still get emails from Epson when the printer receives a print and when it is successful.
Approved Senders List
With your printer online, you want to restrict who is printing to prevent getting random prints that waste your sublimation paper. On the left hand menu, under Email Print, select “Approved Senders List.” Change the setting to “Use Approved Senders List.” Then add your relevant addresses to the list. Only emails from these addresses will print on your printer.
Under “Print Settings,” make sure that “Print Email Body” is selected. This is where the 4 ink colors will be to print and prevent ink clogs.
Step 3: Set-up Email in Gmail
Move over to Gmail, or whatever your email provider is, and start a draft email to your printer. I titled mine “Vacation Ink” so I could easily find it for my next vacation and resend it. This is a great tip from the ladies as QuickSPI, in the body of the email, type out: “Ink 1, Ink 2, Ink 3, Ink 4.” One by one, change BOTH the text color and background color to each: Black, Magenta, Cyan, and Yellow. This doesn’t have to be fancy, it’s just enough to keep the ink moving through the printer lines to prevent ink clogs from dried up ink in the lines.
Traveling somewhere without reliable internet or don’t want to worry about forgetting to send the emails? If you’re using Gmail, click on the down arrow to the right of “Send” and select, “Schedule Send.” You can set up scheduled emails for every 2-3 days. You will need to do this for each email as there isn’t a reoccurring send feature.
Step 4: Test Print
Send this email to test the paper settings. You want to make sure that your print paper settings match the printer paper settings. You don’t want to leave for vacation and have the settings not match! Keep plain copy paper in your printer and you should be good to go on vacation worry free!
Step 5: Go on Vacation!
While away, go into your sent mail, and forward the original email to your printer. You should receive an email from Epson Connect that your printer received an email and another when you have a successful print. Send an email every 2-3 days to remotely prevent ink clogs in your Epson printer. When you return home, run a nozzle check and admire the solid lines.
Enjoy your vacation and holidays!