How to Connect a Network Printer to Windows® XP®
Get to know more about connecting a network printer to Windows XP.
Adding a network printer to a home or small office can seem like a daunting task especially if it is an older printer or one that is angled towards office or home office use. This generally includes many laser printers and larger printing stations. We can cover the basics of installing a network printer on one or multiple computer systems in simple steps. To install a network printer, first download the most recent driver from the manufacturer's website. Then configure the network settings on the printer. Use the add printer wizard to create a local network printer on the computer and finally share the printer to other users. If you are performing this type of installation, it is best to install this once on a Windows server and share that printer to everyone.
Following points explain the need to connect to network printer, its use and ways to connect to a network printer in Windows XP:
- Need to connect
- Ways to connect
Need to connect
Network printers are mostly used in home or even business networks because it enables more than one person to have proper network access from the same location. In addition the network printers are able to offer the user a right printing solution for reducing the ink cost and another cost for printer maintenance. Before using the network printer, you have to firstly install the driver software of the printer and other printing software on the computer system.
Network printers are the printers that are installed over the private network such as LAN. Network printers are used for printing documents from various computer terminals in the network. The network can be established over the whole department of an organization. These network printers make connection to the network by being installed at some specific USB port of the main computer systems of the central offices and take commands of printing from the various terminals connected.
In order to add a network printer, first you have to open the control panel utility from your computer system. From the left bar of the control panel, click on the switch to classic view tab. Then click on the printer and faxes button and choose to add printer option in the left sidebar. Then there appear a dialog box, from there choose add a network printer option and ask the computer to find it.
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