Tips to Fix Shared Printer Problems
Get to know more about causes which prevent shared printer from printing and tips to resolve the issues
Printer is an electronic equipment used to produce text or graphics on a print media such as paper or transparencies of the documents which are stored in electronic form. It is designed to perform printing jobs. The printer which is shared by a number of computers is known as a shared printer. This sharing of the printer is done with the help of an Internet connection. All the computers in the network could make use of the single printer for performing the printing tasks. This is the major benefit of sharing the printer. So you don't need to buy printers for all your computers and can save a lot of money. Sharing the printer in your network connection facilitates the other computers in the network to directly giving the print tasks using your Internet connection and the use of any removable medias for the same purpose is not required.
Below are the causes of shared printer not printing issue and tips to resolve the problem:
- Causes for Shared Printer Not Printing
- Symptoms of a Non Printing Shared Printer
- Tips to Resolve
Causes for Shared Printer Not Printing
There are many reasons due to which the printer shared in a network does not work. If the name of the computer which shares the single computer is not unique, then the printer does not respond. The printer cannot print if the computers are on a different work group network. The transmission control protocol and Internet protocol error, wrong IP address and sub netting and the absence of File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks service are other reasons for the non working condition of shared printers.
Symptoms of Non Printing Shared Printer
Any one of the above reasons can make the printer unavailable in the network even though they are connected to an Internet network connection. Because of these reasons the computer connected to the printer in a network connection cannot recognize the printer. So you cannot perform a printing job in that network. Misconfigured firewall settings also prevent the working of a shared printer.
Ensure that the name of all the computers sharing the printer in the network possess a unique name and follow Microsoft naming recommendations. Make sure that each computer belongs either to a network or a domain. Install the transmission control protocol and Internet protocol on each computer which shares the printer. Set up the correct IP address and subnetting. Check whether the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks service is installed or not by viewing the adapter properties.
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