Virtual USB Printer Port
Printers are your handy peripherals without which businesses, and also most homes these days; find it difficult to carry out the regular computing tasks. From printing your monthly family budget to taking out copies of your kid’s school projects, there is seldom a task in which your printer doesn’t come handy. Traditionally, printers were set to use parallel cables for connecting to a PC; this has now changed greatly and today, technology has replaced parallel cables with USB cables in the latest printers.
USB printers require new software programs, but with virtual printer ports, PCs can make the USB printers complement older software programs. For the uninitiated, a virtual USB printer port is a printer that is connected by software to a USB port. It is not a physical port but a virtual one, which is actually installed into your system. The virtual port can be created automatically at the time of connecting and installing compatible printers. Certain operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 allow users to create a virtual port manually.
Here is interesting information on virtual USB printer ports and how you can install and set up one for yourself. There are also points to tell you how you can troubleshoot issues, if at all you face them.
- Utility of virtual USB printer port
As mentioned above, Virtual USB Printer Port is actually a printer, which is connected to a USB port by means of software. It can be used for making the USB printers compatible with older COM ports and software. Virtual USB Printer Port can be used for printing from computers, which aren’t physically connected to a printer. This will allow you to directly use the printer wirelessly from all the computers (at your workplace or home) rather than having to transfer the files to a computer, which is physically connected to a printer.
- Creating a virtual Port
Virtual USB printer cannot be used until a virtual port is created. It can be created easily by visiting the ‘Network Printer’ settings. To do it:
1. Click on the ‘Start’ button.
2. Select the ‘Printers and Faxes’ option.
3. Right click on the network printer and select ‘Sharing’.
4. Check the box near ‘Share this printer‘.
5. Provide a name for your printer in the ‘Share Name’ field.
6. In other computers, click on the ‘Start’ menu and access the ‘Control Panel’.
7. Select ‘Printer’ and then click on the ‘Add Printer’ option.
8. Choose a printer from the network and select the printer you just created on the host computer.
9. Click on ‘OK’ to save the computer and to create the virtual printer port.
10. If your PC is unable to detect the printer, you can select the ‘Browse a printer’ option and manually specify the printer from the list that will be displayed.
11. If you want to view the Virtual USB Printer Port, you can right-click on the printer icon and select the ‘Properties’ option. You can further click on the ‘Port’ tab and view the port details.
- Fixing related issues
Although it is easy to create a Virtual USB Printer Port and start your printing tasks almost instantly, at times it may show up an occasional snag or error. There can be several reasons behind this and therefore you can try out different troubleshooting methods to fix them too. However, to speak in generic terms, the commonest issue that you may face in your Virtual USB Printer Port is its erroneous nature. The only fix to resolve this error is to delete the virtual port. You will have to re-create the port once it is completely removed in order to enable the printer to work properly. To delete a Virtual USB Printer Port:
1. Go to the ‘Control Panel’
2. Click on ‘System’ and then on ‘Hardware’
3. Access the ‘Device Manager’ and select the ‘Printers’ or ‘Ports’ option.
4. Select the virtual USB port from the list and then hit the ‘Delete’ key.
If you are facing any other issue while using your Virtual USB Printer Port, you can let us know by calling our technicians and letting them know of it. They can fix your printer errors in no time and right in front of you. All you will need doing is allowing them to take a remote session of your PC and peripherals. They can identify the trouble-causing component or software and accordingly troubleshoot the issue.