How to Resolve Issues with Printer Network Configuration
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Printer is a device which produces hard copy of documents stored in an electronic medium. A printer which is accessible for all the computers in a network can be called as network printer. While configuring a network printer you have to check whether you have all the most recent drivers required for your printer. You can download it directly from the website of the hardware manufacturer. Then Switch on the printer and make sure the Printer is connected to the network through Ethernet. Open the configuration page from the printer which has the IP address on it. After that you can configure the printer. Check whether the printer is working properly by printing a test page.
Here we are going to discuss briefly about the problems which may occur during configuring a network printer.
- Firewall issues
- Compatibility issues
- Software installation
Firewall issues are one of the major issues in configuring network printer. Windows firewall is a protection feature to control incoming and outgoing connection in a computer. Any unknown connection will be blocked by firewall. The firewall should be configured so as to allow specific connections. Do not install more than one firewall programs in a computer. If you are using firewall of an anti-virus program, disable Windows firewall. Configuring firewall is easy and there are a lot of tutorials are available on that.
Incompatibility is one of the major issues which can be occurring during configuring a network printer. Some third party software installed in any of the computer can make software conflicts and compatibility issues. Sometimes computers having different Operating System might cause compatibility issues. So it is better to install the driver compatible for each Operating System. You can download the driver from the manufacturer websites. Installation guides and troubleshooting manuals are also available on the website. You can also contact hardware manufacturer for troubleshooting.
If the printer software is not installed properly in every computer in the network it might create some problems. The computer might shows alerts like 'A new device found' and 'New device might not work properly'. It might prompt to insert driver CD in to CD drive for the installation of the new hardware. If you are hitting print button without installing the printer properly, the computer will show alerts like 'Document failed to print' or 'Printer is not connected to your computer' etc. It is necessary installing the printer software and driver properly soon after configuring the network printer.
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