Fix problems while setting up network printer on Windows®
What is the proper way to share a printer on a network? Learn about the various problems while setting up network printer on Windows.
A printer is used for creating the hard copy of the document. A printer which is connected to the wired or wireless network is known as network printer. Printers that have the capability to share files from one computer to another system via some connections are termed as shared printers. The printers might be either in a network or might be alone but could be shared via network connections. The printer does not have built-in sharing or wireless capability. The system requirements needed for connecting printer to a wireless router is a software installation disk, printer driver, printer and wireless router. One of the benefits of sharing a printer on a network is that it would help in saving money. If you do not have individual printers to satisfy the printing needs of each computer, you might use printer sharing. It helps a user print from another location within the network without having the need to connect to the printer directly. It is possible to share the printer over the network by selecting the 'Printers and Faxes' from the control panel. Now you need to select the printer that you want to share and choose 'Share this printer' option in the 'Printer Tasks' sidebar. Now a window would appear which would guide you to share your selected printer.
Following are the various problems while setting up network printer on Windows:
- Printer driver issues
- Connection issues
- Virus issues
Printer driver issues
The function of printer drivers is that it would allow various applications to do the printing job without making them aware of the technical details of each printer model. If you are using an incompatible driver for the printer then it might cause the working of the printer device. If the printer you are going to install in the Operating System is not satisfying the system requirements and hardware specification, it would results in printer issues.
If you have made any changes recently on your printer or in the printer’s settings, then you might not be able to take printouts. Also the printer might not be printing if it’s not connected to the computer. If the network connection has problem then it might cause various problems with the printer which is connected to the network.
Before downloading the printer drivers you need to ensure that the system is free from malwares and viruses. Viruses are the unwanted software program which would have the capability to replicate themselves. They remain attaches to other files also. So, use the best antivirus software in order to delete them all. Then only download the drivers for that.
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