My school just installed 6 Taz 6s and I’m looking for a way to control them over network essentially like a farm. That would make it easier than running around with SD cards. I use Octoprint but am curious if anyone has any other ideas for controlling multiple printers over a network. Each printer has its own network drop, so that’s not an issue.
For six printers, Octoprint is probably your best option. You would not need to carry around SD cards if you are using Octoprint.
I asked a similar question to Lulzbot support a while back and received this answer.
Our 3D printing cluster runs 155 LulzBot 3D Printers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We use BotQueue to manage print jobs across all the 3D printers. Each LulzBot 3D printer is connected to a BeagleBone Black which is connected to the network through an Ethernet cable. Each BeagleBone Black runs a program called Bumblebee to communicate with our BotQueue server to fetch new 3D printing jobs and report the status of the 3D printer. You can also configure BotQueue to show a webcam that is attached to the BeagleBone for each printer. If you wish to connect the BeagleBone to your network via Wi-Fi, you may be able to use a USB Wi-Fi adapter and a USB Hub connected to the BeagleBone.
You can learn more about BotQueue at https://www.botqueue.com/, and you can find the BeagleBone Black at https://beagleboard.org/black/. Our fork of BotQueue is available at https://code.alephobjects.com/source/botqueue/.