Setting up Network Printer
What is network printer? What are its benefits and explain the setting up of a network printer?
A printer is a peripheral or a computer device which interacts with a computer and receives information from it. It helps create a hard copy of documents that exist in electronic form on the computer's hard drive or a location accessed by the computer. Like other peripherals, printers too can be connected to the system in various ways. Connection methods include printer cables, USB cables, Ethernet cables, and more recently, wireless connections. Printers which are capable of connecting wirelessly are referred to as wireless printers. A wireless printer has more advantages compared to an ordinary cable-connected printer. It can be placed farther away from the computer with which its works which would diminish noise, or create centralized access for a printer which is shared by several people. By making use of wireless printer, you eliminate the danger of tripping caused by long cables. You can also share your printer in your network to enable the people connected to your network to make use of the printer.
The benefits and the setting up of network printer are discussed below:
- Setting up a network printer
- Benefits of a network printer
- Role of a network printer
Setting up a network printer
First, you need to install the correct driver for the printer model you want to install in your system. After installing the printer driver, click on 'Start' menu and then select 'Printers and Faxes'. You can click on the 'Add a Printer' task on the left side of the window. You can select 'Next' and choose "A network printer" from the list of printer and go for 'Next'. Then, enter the specified IP address or remote printer host name and select 'Next'. Choose the OS (Operating System) compatible driver for the printer from the drop list after hitting 'Next'. You can choose whether to print a test page and then click on 'Finish' to install the network printer in your computer.
Benefits of a network printer
It helps in saving money spent on purchasing printers for every system in office or at home. We can say that printers are fairly expensive devices. Hence, it is uneconomical to buy them for every computer. When you opt to purchase one good printer for your office or home, connect it to your main computer, and share it on the network, you can save a lot of money and the space required to keep other printers.
If you have a network printer, you can use it to print data from any of the system in the same network. This would save your time as you need not save the data from other systems and then come to the printer to take the printouts.
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