Network Printer Set-up in Windows® XP®
Tips on how to perform printer sharing over the network using Windows XP
Printer is a device which helps you to produce printed documents stored in electronic form on a physical print media such as paper or transparencies. You could connect the printer over a home network to share the printer among different computers. Printer is a hardware that you could connect to your system with a printer cable or USB cable. Network printer is one printer which produces hardcopy of the documents that are stored in the electronic form. Network printers have built-in network interfaces and they are typically wireless or Ethernet based. The printers are designed in such a way that it could support both the local and the network connected users, at the same time. You could take print from a computer in your home network by sharing a printer over a wireless connection.
Following points will give users more information about the benefits of sharing a printer over a home network using Windows XP:
- Need of sharing
- Benefits of sharing
- Tips to share
Need of sharing
The users can share the printer installed in your Windows XP system with other computers which are connected to your computer or network. Thus, you and other people connected to your network make use of the same printer to perform print tasks by sharing the printer over the network.
Benefits of sharing
Multiple computers can make use of the same printer for giving the print commands and this is the major benefit of sharing the printer with the other computers in the network. Thus, you do not need to buy printer for each computer in your home network and you could save a lot of money. The sharing of the printer in the network enables the other computers in the network to give prints using your Internet connection. You do not need to use any removable media for the same purpose.
To share the network printer in the Windows XP based computer, you need to click on the 'Start' button and then, right-click on the icon of the printer installed in your system and then select the 'Properties'. You could share the printers with other computers in the network by opening the 'Printers and Faxes' Window. To open the printer installation wizard, you need to click on the 'Add Printer'. Highlight the network printer option by clicking on the 'Next' button and browse for the printer. Now, browse to the area of the computer where the printer resides and then double-click the computer and highlight the printer before clicking finish.
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