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Printer Sharing Over Home Network Using Windows® 7
The peripheral device that can be used to print documents is known as printer. Form factors are the basic things upon which the category of printers depends. Based on the medium for connecting, printers are classified into two types – wired printed and wireless printer. Printers are also classified according to the technology used in printing – you have dot matrix printer, ink jet printer, thermal printer, laser printer etc. Printer sharing is usually done in small homes and business networks. To use a sharing printer in every computer, you need to install the device driver for the printer. You need a compatible device driver for your printer; otherwise, you might fail to take the printout. You need to check the working of the printer driver if you have any troubles with printing. Printers are designed to support both local as well as network connected users at the same time. A few advanced printers can directly interface to an electronic media such as memory cards or to devices such as digital cameras, scanners etc.
- Printer sharing
- Printer sharing advantages
- Tips to share
If one or more systems could access one single printer, then that one is in the sharing state. You could use this feature either in home or business organizations. You could use any type of printers to share, like wireless or wired printer. Sharing a printer eliminates the cost of installing a printer for each computer in your home or office.
Printer sharing advantages
You could access a number of advantages by sharing a printer over a network. One of the important advantages of printer sharing is you could take hard copies of documents from all the computers in your home which share your printer. Winnows XP Operating System supports printer sharing.
The first thing that you need to share a printer is to set up the options in the ‘Control Panel’. You could get a menu on right clicking the ‘Printer’ icon in the ‘Control panel’. From there, you need to select the ‘Sharing’ option. You also need to make sure that you have enabled the ‘Printer sharing’ option in the network card properties. To connect a printer to the network, you need to set an IP address for your printer. If you have any troubles with printing with your printer in the network, it might be due to the errors in the network. So, you need to make sure that the network connection is fine.
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