Host or Server?

Hi there, 
I'm not a new 3d printer owner, but I haven't really added a lot of complexity to my printer. I use Wanhao Duplicator 3 and have done some physical upgrades, but no software or firmware upgrades. I recently tried to print a small figurine for my son who has discovered that he likes D&D. The small prints aren't really going very well and I thought maybe I should look for a newer possibly more configurable slicer/printer software in case my 6 or 7 year old version of Cura might help me produce some better results. My question is would I want to use Repetier Host or Server? It seems like they are kind of similar and Host includes server, but there must be some differences that would make one better than the other. Is there a page on the site that would help me determine which I would want? 

Thanks
Joe 

Comments

  • Actually server is similar to host, but works like a daemon in background and communicates via a network api allowing you to show a gui on any browser in same network. It is also superior in sending g-code to printer as it has a better understanding of different firmwares and better performance due to multithreaded nature.

    Nice thing in host is that it can connect directly to printer OR via server connector. The latter gives you the opportunity to use the improved communication with the ease of host for generating g-code (which is the only real feature server is missing yet). But you can also use e.g. PrusaSlicer native and use the included Repetier-Server uploader for easiy uploading generated g-codes.

    Future Server versions will also include a own slicer, so that slicer has the complete functionality. 
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