How to Use USB Network Printer
Get to know more about the ways to use USB network printer
Just as the revolution of desktop computer systems to laptops has come, there will be a time when desktop printers are soon turned in portable printing machines. A USB portable printer will completely revolutionize the way of printing and allows portable printing. One of the main things the USB printer allows you to do is to print what you need, where you need it; instead of having to travel back to wherever your printer is. USB printers have a USB port on the printer itself and connect to a USB port on a computer system or network router. Choosing the right USB splitter will allow the user to share the printer with multiple computer systems within a few minutes. Most printers also require special drivers for the printer to work with a specific computer system.
Following points explain about USB printer, its role, features, benefits and tips to connect a USB printer to a network:
- USB printer
- Role and benefits
- Tips to connect
If you have a USB printer and that is connected to your computer system, then you can share the USB printer over your home network. You don’t have to transfer files to a computer if you want to have them printed off every computer on your network can access the printer as long as it is being shared. To do this, you have to enable printer sharing in your Windows Operating System.
Role and benefits
Generally a USB printer connects directly to a computer system. Printer queue and the printing functions are controlled by the computer software. This is one of the simplest ways to connect a single printer for a single user. If more users want to use the printer, the host system must enable printer sharing. If the host computer connects to a network then other computer systems on the local network will be able to see and use the printer.
First connect the USB printer to your computer and install the necessary drivers. Open the printer control area and select the ‘printers and faxes’ option, then the newly installed printer will be listed there. Right click on the printer that you want to share over the network and select properties from the menu that appears. On the properties window, click the tab labeled sharing. Select the ‘share this printer’ option and it will unlock the share name field. This is the name of the printer as other computer systems on the network will see.
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