Windows® XP Print Server
Tips on Windows XP Print server.
Windows XP Operating system from Microsoft offers various features and facilities. Windows XP helps the system to act as a network print server. Print server is a computer which works over a network. A print server connects a large number of computers and printer devices among a network. Print server has the ability to perform the printing task from different computers and also sends them to suitable printer devices. Print server is usually used in a network to perform printing activities. Another feature of printing device is that it has the ability to store all printing action in its memory and assign these functions to the printing devices whenever they become free. Print server performs this task in a special manner. That is, it can assign task based on priority. We can also use a computer as print server. Thus, it can be used as desktop as well as server.
Some tips to configure Windows XP as a network printer server are given below:
- Setting up the Server
- Installing the Printer
- Need to Configure Windows XP Print Server
Setting up the server
To set up Windows XP as network print server, first connect the printer to the router with a cable. The cable can either be a USB cable or printer cable in order to configure the set-up type, the IP address of the router and printer in the web browser. Another thing is that the IP address of the router and printer should be the same. Here, the router means the system with Windows XP which acts as the print server.
Installing the printer
The next step is to install the printer. After installing the printer, go to the 'Control panel' of Windows XP. Select 'Add Printer' section from the 'Printer' option. Here select 'Create a New port' option. In this option, select 'TCP/IP' section. One thing you should notice is that type the IP address of your router correctly. If you do not enter the IP address properly then the configuration may not take place properly. After the completion of configuration process you can install the drivers.
We can use separate print servers for large business applications such as Windows NT or Windows 2000 server. But it is a very expensive task, especially for small scale office users. So we can set up Windows XP as network printer so that it can be used as both desktop and server simultaneously. Another advantage of Windows XP print server is that about 8-10 users can share the network and printing capabilities.
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