Causes of Shared Printer Not Working
Get to know more about reasons which make the shared printer not working and tips to resolve the problem
A printer is an electronic device designed for performing printing jobs. It delivers text or graphics of the documents which are stored in electronic form on a print media such as paper or transparencies. For the printing purposes, it could be either used with a single computer or could be shared by a number of computers interconnected in a network. The sharing of the printer within a network has many benefits and advantages. One of the major benefits is that the single printer could be used by all the computers for performing the printing jobs. So you do not want to buy printers for each computer and hence save your money.
Below are the reasons for the shared printer not working condition and the tips to resolve the problem:
- Reasons for Non Working Shared Printer
- Resolving Tips
Reasons for Non Working Shared Printer
The printer does not work if the names of the computers which share the single printer are different. The same condition exists if the computer does not belong to a work group or domain. The home networks and other small LANs use the workgroups and larger business networks utilize domains. Sometimes the transmission control protocol or the Internet protocol is not properly installed. The absence of File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks service, misconfigured IP address and subnetting in the network connection make the shared printer not working.
Due to any of the above mentioned causes, the printer becomes unavailable and it does not respond to given printing tasks. In this case you cannot recognize the printer in the network and cannot assign any printing job to the printer. You also come across such problems due to some misconfiguration in the firewall settings.
Name each computer in the network properly. It should follow Microsoft naming recommendations. Ensure that each computer belongs either to a workgroup or domain. The proper installation and set up of TCP, Internet protocols, IP address and subnetting could prevent the issue to a greater extend. Check the adapter properties to ensure the installation of the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks service. It also facilitates the file sharing and printer sharing between interlinked computers.
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