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Networked printer... but how do I use it?

Networked printer... but how do I use it?

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Contributor Sven1
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I have networked a printer (through Ethernet) and the Fios router sees it. Does anyone have a suggesting how when using Windows XP machines that are connected to the same network, I can print to the printer? I have tried to add the printer using the typical Windows functionality but Windows cannot find the printer when I use "browse for printer". Any help would be terrific!

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What is the brand and model of this printer?

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If networked via a connection to another machine then share it and on the machine that wants to use it add it under the add printer wizard under printer and faxes - select as network printer or printer attached to another machine.

 

If attached directly to network via ethernet make sure it is a static ip address and you can add it as a local printer attached to machine.  If auto search for P&P printers doesn't find it then create a new port, type standard tcp/ip follow the prompts and enter the ip address.

 

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The easist way to set up the printer is to assign a static ip and set the host name on the printer. After you have done that, click add printer on the pc. Click next, then select "local printer attached to this pc" and uncheck the automatically detect option. Click next. Select create new port and the type of port will be " Standard tcp/ip", click next. THis will open the TCP/IP wizard. YOu can set up the printer by either name or ip that you set on the printer itself. If it asks for a network card, pick generic. Click finish and you should be set.



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This is an HP 1505n laserjet

 

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Thanks for your response. Yes, I agree with the solution of attaching the printer to a networked computer and finding it that way. This works really well and is easy. However, it does mean that you have to have the attached computer on all the time, should you want other networked users to be able to print. I was hoping to connect direct via ethernet and by-pass the need to have that computer running like a print server, I guess.

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@Sven1 wrote:

Thanks for your response. Yes, I agree with the solution of attaching the printer to a networked computer and finding it that way. This works really well and is easy. However, it does mean that you have to have the attached computer on all the time, should you want other networked users to be able to print. I was hoping to connect direct via ethernet and by-pass the need to have that computer running like a print server, I guess.


 

 

Sven1,

 

The terms are a little screwey when working with Networked printers. When setting up a Print Device(which is the technical name of the icon in your printers and faxes), the option of local printer is for either a locally attached ( ie usb etc) printer or a printer connected via ethernet. The option for Network printer is if you have a print server.

 

Follow the directions that i posted earlier on each PC that you want to be able to print from. when you have completed the steps, all machines will be able to print via ethernet to the printer.

 

I know it seems off to choose local attached but trust me it is the way it works. I use to do tech support and have installed 1000's of network printers this way.



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