Converting USB Printer to Network Printer
Do you know the benefits of converting a USB printer to a network printer?
A USB printer is normally connected to the computer through USB ports. USB printers when connected to a standalone computer can be used only by that computer. There is way by which you can convert a USB printer to a Network printer, if in case you have more computers at home and would like to use this computer for your printing needs. It is made possible by several ways; by sharing the printer from the host computer, using wireless printer adapters or using Printer servers. The main benefit of converting a USB printer to a network printer is, you can reduce the cost for multiple printers as a single computer can be used by all your computers. If you are connecting the printer wirelessly, then you can reduce the cable running around your room. Since you are using only a single printer, you can save more space in your home as well.
Here are some ways by which you can convert your normal USB printer to a network printer:
- From Host computer
- Using Wireless printer adapters
- Using Network Printer Server
From Host computer
A USB computer is commonly connected to a standalone computer through a USB cable. If that computer is connected to a network, you can make that computer as a host and share the printer with other computers. You need to go to 'Control Panel' and then select the 'Printers and Faxes' option. There you will have an option to share the printer in sharing options. You need to enter a name for this printer.
Using Wireless printer adapters
Wireless printer adapter (usually Bluetooth) is a device which helps you to convert the normal USB printer to be connected to wireless network for printing purposes. Select a Wireless printer adapter compatible with your USB printer and add that printer as a device to the computers on which you need to use this printer. Install the software Wireless printer adapter from the CD which came along with the device.
After connecting the USB printer to the Network Printer Server, turn off the printer and connect the printer to printer server. Also connect this printer server to router using an Ethernet cable. Once you turn on the printer, install the Printer Server software from the CD and configure the IP address for the printer and save settings. Once the printer driver is installed, use 'Add new printer' option and share the printer.
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