Configuration of Printer Port
Get to know more about configuring printer port on a computer or a network
The printer port is a hardware interface that hooks up peripheral devices, such as printers, to a central computer system. The main purpose of printer ports is to attach many different types of external devices to a computer. This technology has been replaced by the USB. The printer port was the premier form of parallel data transmission to peripheral components before the invention of USB devices. Windows allows users to print from one computer using a printer connected to another computer on the same network. You might experience errors when printing from a computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7 If you are sharing a printer connected to a computer running Windows XP you need to create a new virtual port to correct the error.
Here are common problems that may occur while configuring printer port on a computer or a network:
- Ended Up on Same USB Port
- Poor Communication
- ICA Client Printer Configuration Utility
Ended Up on Same USB Port
When you attempt to configure ports, they somehow end up on the same USB port. The operating system adds a virtual port when you connect a printer to your PC. The PC will typically have 3 physical usb ports but could have as many virtual ports as you have devices to connect to it. You must ensure that your printer has media loaded and is powered up and ready to print. A message saying "device (printer) found" can be displayed on the PC screen.
The problem in communication between the printer and the computer results in printer error messages. Incorrect parallel port configuration is one of the main cause for this issue. To solve this issue it is better to consult the computer manufacturer. The Extended Capabilities Port setting allows the computer parallel port to send and receive data in both directions simultaneously. This is the fastest type of communication available to printers. For most HP DeskJet printers it is the preferred parallel port setting.
ICA Client Printer Configuration Utility
ICA Client Printer Configuration Utility is mainly launched for simplifying the local printer configuration for non Windows clients. Client stores the printer name, port name, and driver name locally to make it available for the client workstation regardless of the server to which the client connects. So the client printer needs to be defined on every server. The client gives the server information about all printers when logging onto a server. The list is kept in the user's profile.
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