How to Install Printer to Network
Get to know more about ways to install printer to a network
If you cannot afford a new network printer, you can share a standard printer over a network. It's very easy to set up a printer on one computer, and then the computer can share the printer over the network. Once a computer is functioning as a print server, other networked computers can print to its attached printer. Before you share a printer over the network, you need to select a computer to act as the print server for the rest of the network. To do this, choose a computer that is usually powered on. If the computer is powered off, the printer will disappear from the network and no other computers will be able to print to it. Because of the amount of computing resources needed to handle print jobs, the selected computer should be used only as a print server.
Following lines explain about different ways in which a printer can be connected to a network and problems that may occur while connecting a printer:
- Using wireless printer
- Connecting directly to network
- Print server
Using wireless printer
Setting up a wireless printer network is very simple and user friendly. To do this, check to make sure that all of the computers you want to network with the wireless printer are capable of doing so. After that, load the CD that came with the printer. This CD will need to be installed in each computer that needs access to the printer. Once the CD program is installed, the router attached to the computer system will allow each computer to locate the printer signal.
Connecting directly to network
Most business networks have a print server that ques all the print jobs for the network printers. To print directly to a network printer in Windows, first open the control panel. Click ‘printers and faxes’ tab and click ‘adds a printer’ option in the printer tasks box. This there appear the add printer wizard. Then click the ‘create a new port’ option and choose ‘standard TCP/IP port’ from the list. In the add standard TCP/IP printer port wizard, type the IP address in the printer name or IP address field and click the finish button.
A print server gives a faster printing experience from the user's perspective compared to printing to a personal printer or a server connected printer. The memory the print server used for collecting print jobs into a print queue can release the computer system to return to other tasks even before the printer sees the job. Many businesses have printers scattered around their organizations. These products might be connected to the network through a file server or even a personal computer.
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