Printer Sharing in Windows® Vista®
What are the advantages of sharing printers in PC operating on Windows Vista?
Peripheral devices which can produce graphics of documents from the electronic format are known as printers. Common printers are connected with cables to the system which produces the electronic format. Based on the medium for connecting, printers are classified in to they are wired printed and wireless printer. There are also some types of printers which offer a built in network interface. Printers are also classified according to the technology behind printing they are dot matrix printer, ink jet printer, thermal printer, laser printer etc. Sharing a printer is usually done in small home and business network. To use a sharing printer in the every computer you need to install the device driver for the printers. You need to a compatible device driver for your printer otherwise you might fail to take print out. You need to ensure the working of printer driver if you have any troubles with printing. Printers are designed to support both the local and the network connected users at the same time. A few advanced printers can directly interface to an electronic media such as memory cards, or to devices such as digital cameras, scanners.
Following are some advantages of shared printers and ways to share printer using Windows Vista:
- Printer sharing
- Printer sharing benefits
- Tips to enable sharing
Sharing a printer is the process of connecting a printer to one or more computers. You can share your printer to various computers in your home or business firm. You can make use of various types such as wireless or wired printer to share your printing jobs. Sharing a printer eliminates the cost of installing printer to each computer with Windows Vista in your home or office.
Printer sharing benefits
There are many benefits of p[rinter sharing. One of the important advantages of printer sharing is you can make hard copy of the documents from all computers in your home which share your printer. Windows Vista Operating System supports printer sharing. You can access documents from any of the systems connected to the network and thus the use of more cables can be avoided.
To set up printer sharing in your home network, proper configurations in the control panel of Windows Vista Operating System should be done. Doulble click on the printer icon to open its menu. From this you need to select the 'Sharing' option. You also need to make sure that you have enabled 'Printer sharing' option in the 'Network card Properties'. To connect a printer in the network you need to set an IP address for your printer. If you have any troubles with printing with your printer in the network it might due to the errors in the network. So you need to make sure the network connection is enabled.
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