Network Printer Problems
Printers are peripheral devices that are essential for taking hard copies of files stored on a computer. Printers are of different types and network printers are one of them. Network printers are those printers that are connected over a network. Any computer connected within the network can access network printers. They are very useful for working in an office environment where more than one computers are involved. Windows Operating System also includes printer set-up wizard that can be used to set-up and configure the network printers. However, some problems may occur when configuring printer over a network. Some of the common problems that users may face include network printer not connecting to the network, error messages like connection/ setup cannot be completed, printer not detecting the network connection, etc. This results in malfucntioning of printers.
- Check drivers
- Verify firewall
- Fix system issues
Drivers are the communication link between the hardware devices connected to a computer and the Operating System. Network printers on a computer require network drivers as well as printer drivers. Issues with any one of them can result in configuration problems as there would be communication gaps. The users are advised to check the printer or network drivers installed on the system using device manager and if the drivers are found illegitimate or outdated, they should be replaced to solve the issues.
Firewall is a software that filters out the contents coming into a computer over the network. If the firewall settings are preventing the system from connecting to the network printer, users will not be able to complete the configuration. Users needs to verify the settings on the firewall and make exceptions, if the firewall is blocking the connection.
Problems within the Operating System can cause errors when configuring network printer. The errors may be related to system registry or system files associated with printer. Users facing this problems are advised to check the integrity of the system files and repair them. You should also clean the registry of the system using a registry cleaning software. This will automatically fix issues related to network printer.
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