Network Printer Settings
Get to know Network Printer Settings
Network printers are printers that belong to a network. There are two types of Network Printers; one is the printing hardware which has a built-in Network Interface Card or NIC which can be connected to a router or switch via an Ethernet cable. The second is a local printer that is connected to a computer which is then shared to other computers in the network via file and printer sharing of Windows®.
The guidelines in changing network printer settings as well as issues encountered will be discussed in the following points:
- Common Issues
When installing network printers you must know the Manufacturer, Model Name and IP address of your printer. If you do not know where to get this information, you can contact the customer service of your printer manufacturer to help you get this information. If the printer is already available in the network, you can just add this printer to your computer so that your computer can print using the network printer. You can do this in the Printers and Faxes option and run the Add a Printer wizard. Make sure that your computer is also part of the network; this could be through a router or through the file and printer sharing of Windows®.
There are benefits that a consumer can get when they use a network printer. It saves money because you do not need to install a printer per computer. One printer is enough for all the computers in the network. Network printers are essential for small business or home business. Compared to printers, which are shared in the network through file and printer sharing of Windows®, network printers do not need to have a host PC where the printer will be connected. Users can print anytime without worrying if the host PC is available. There are also wireless network printers available in the market, which lessens the clutter of cables.
There are issues or problems that users might encounter when installing or configuring a network printer. One is unable to print after the network was moved. This happens when the network router has changed IP address, and it affected the printer, especially if the printer’s IP is DHCP provided which changes from time to time. Resolution would be to change the IP address on the printer properties in the Printers and Faxes or to manually assign an IP address to the printer. There are reported issues with Windows® XP SP2 wherein only the administrator account can print and the rest of the users are restricted. There are two given solutions; one is to change the printer properties on the user accounts setting. The other given solution is to change the queue name in the printer properties to the IP address. Also make sure that firewalls will allow the users to print.
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