Remote Printer Installation
Some tips and tricks to gain the benefits of a remote printer installation
One of the most convenient improvements in printers is its capability for a remote printer installation. That way, the printer will be available for home or office use, wherever the user is. There are three ways a printer can be used remotely, but basically, remote printer installation involves sharing a printer over a home or office.
Three possible ways to achieve remote printer installation are as follows:
- Remote printer installation using Windows Add a Printer wizard
- Remote printer installation using external printer servers
- Remote printer installation with network interface card
Remote printer installation using Windows Add a Printer wizard
The Add a Printer Wizard is the easiest way to achieve remote printer installation in your home or office. This is an easy set-up, especially if there is an existing network in the home or office. All you have to do is to install printer driver on any computer on the network. Once a printer is installed on the computer, all it needs are a few clicks to allow the printer to be available remotely on the network. If there are several operating systems installed on the network, there are drivers that will need to be installed to allow any computer to access the printer. One downside to this setup is that the printer is dependent on the host computer. This means that the host needs to be turned on during the time that the printer is needed.
Remote printer installation using external printer servers
To eliminate the need for a host computer, another way to achieve remote printer installation is by using external printer servers in the home or office. By attaching the external printer servers to the network, the dependence on a host computer is eliminated. This is a power saving option, however, it can get more expensive, as each printer needs its own printer server. External print servers are available in both wireless and wired versions; the choice between the two will be based on the need of home and office and the layout of the space itself.
Remote printer installation with network interface card
The easiest way to achieve remote printer installation is to get a printer that is already equipped with a network interface card. That way, there is less need for configuration and set-up of the printer into the network. Majority of network printers also have additional memory that can speed up the printing process and at the same time queue more print jobs at one time.
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