Dell® Network Printer Setup
Do you want to know about a network printer and how to set it on your Dell computer? Read on
A printer is a kind of computer peripheral or device that interacts with a computer and receives information from it. It creates a hard copy of documents that exist in electronic form on the computer’s drive or a location accessed by the computer. Like the other peripheral devices, printers can be connected to the computer in various ways. The connection method includes: printer cables, USB cables, Ethernet cables, and more recently, wireless connections. Printers which are capable of connecting wirelessly are referred to as wireless printers. Some printers are known as network printers, they have built-in network interfaces. It may be wireless or Ethernet based, and can serve as a hard copy device for you on the network. Some individual printers are often designed to support both local and network connected users at the same time. A few modern printers can directly interface to electronic media such as memory cards, digital cameras, scanners. Others are combined with a scanners or fax machines in a single unit, and can function as photocopiers, called All in one.
Given below are the roles, benefits and the ways to set up a network printer on a Dell laptop:
- Role of network printer
- Tips to set up
Role of network printer
The basic role of the network printer is to provide print aid across the network. You can install the printer on your Dell laptop and then send files to it, just as you will do with a printer connected to your system with a USB cable. You can use this printer to give print commands from any system connected within a network.
The main benefit of the network printer in your Dell laptop is that, you can easily give the prints from your laptop, this printer can be used by any computer or laptop connected to your network and you don’t need to have one printer each for all your connected laptops or computers. This helps in saving expenses and you will not need to copy the documents to any removable media to take the prints which is quite convenient.
Tips to set up
You will need to install the correct driver for the printer model you want to install on your computer. After installing the printer driver, you can click 'Start menu', and then select 'Printers and Faxes'. You can select the 'Add a Printer' task on the left side of the window and then click and select 'Next' and choose a network printer from the list of printers and go for 'Next'. Then, enter the specified IP address or remote printer host name and again select 'Next'. Choose select the operating system compatible driver for the printer from the drop list after hitting next. You can choose whether or not to print a test page and then click 'Finish' to install the network printer on your Dell laptop.
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