Adding a Printer's IP Address in Windows® XP®
Learn about the uses of a network printer and tips to connect it in Windows XP system using the IP address of the printer.
The printer is a peripheral device, which is attached to the computer system to produce a text or graphics of documents stored in electronic form on the physical print media such as paper or transparencies. The printers are designed to support both local and network connected users at the same time so that you can perform your printing tasks to a greater extent. Some of the modern printers can directly connect to the electronic media such as memory cards, digital cameras, scanners. Certain printers function as photocopiers, which are united with a scanners or fax machines in a single unit. To simplify your printing jobs, you can connect your printer to the work or the home network. By networking your printer you can remotely sent the print jobs from any PC on the network. Like any component on a network, the network printer is also assigned with a unique IP address.
Below mentioned are the steps to connect to a network printer in Windows XP system using the IP address of the printer:
- Adding a printer
- Addressing the printer
- Installing the drivers
Adding a printer
To add a network printer to Windows XP system, first click on the Start menu. Then Printers and Fax options appear on the list. You can also get the above mentioned options from the Control Panel. Click on the 'Add a printer' option available on the ‘Printer and Faxes’ menu. Then you have to choose the button 'Local printer attached to this computer'. Before clicking the next button ensure that the 'Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer' box is unchecked.
Addressing the printer
To address the network printer, select the 'Create a new port' button. A drop-down list can be displayed. From that, select Standard TCP/IP Port and then click Next option. In the 'Printer Name or IP address' field, type the IP address of the printer and select the 'Next'. Then you will be asked to install the driver for the printer that is presently being installed. You can scroll through the list that is afforded by default in Windows XP.
Installing the drivers
If your printer is in the given list then click the 'Next' button after selecting 'Manufacturer' on the left and the 'Model' on the right. If the printer is not present in the shown list, you will have to provide the drivers to the 'Add Printer Wizard'. You can use the manufacturer’s website or the CD provided with the printer, for this purpose.
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