How to connect a network printer?

Network printers are currently considered a profitable alternative to personal printers. Indeed, often, only one large apparatus can cope much faster with a larger print task than a few smaller ones. In addition to all this, one sheet printed on a network printer will be much cheaper compared to a sheet printed on a small device, which significantly reduces the cost of office printing. But few people know how to make a network printer.

From a regular printer to a network printer

There are several ways for a printer to become networked: through the use of sharing, through an external server, through a printer’s network card. Well, now more about each.

  • Through shared access. It is considered the simplest in execution, but at the same time, the most limited in possibilities option of network use of the printer. Consider how to set up a shared network printer. It is installed on the computer in the standard way, but first of all it is necessary to connect the device to the computer using a USB cable or a parallel cable.Next, go to the folder "Printers and Faxes", here we click the right mouse button on the icon of an already installed printer, click on the "Properties" button. Then in the window that appears, select the "Access" tab. Next you need to put in front of the inscription "Shared access to this printer" point and enter the network name, which will be our shared resource. After all these procedures, press the "OK" button. You should see if the word “No” is displayed in the “Installed” column, it means you need to insert a disk of the printer’s manufacturer or download the selected and required driver from the site. That's all, the network shared printer is installed.
  • Consider the connection rules using a third-party external print server. To connect the printer in this way, you first need to install the print server itself. This is done on the basis of instructions attached to it. In general, everything is done in the same way as installing a shared printer. But you should pay attention, the printer will be networked, but you need to select the option “Local printer connected to this computer”, then select the item “Create a new port” and select “Standard TCP / IP Port” in the list.Many manufacturers include detailed instructions with their print servers, where you can find detailed steps for installing network printers in this way.
  • Connect a network printer via a network card. Most printers involve the installation of an internal network card, which is made specifically for this printer model. In this case, you need to install a board on the internal system bus of the printer, which will allow you to transfer data at the highest possible speed for the network. If a network card is installed in our printer, then most likely the manufacturer has taken care of installing the network printer with the help of the disk that comes with the printer. And yet you are wondering how to connect a network printer of this kind, everything is very simple. After you put the disk, you must specify that your printer will be networked and the installation will begin automatically. Sometimes you only have to specify an IP address, unless the installer program automatically assigns it to it. With the help of an automatic installation, all the components necessary for the operation are installed on the printer, and it remains only to wait until its process is completed.

General instruction

  • Click the "Start" button, then click on the "Printers and Faxes" button.
  • Click on the "Add Printer" button.
  • After the printer installation wizard appears, click Next.
  • Select "Network printer, or a printer connected to another computer," then "Next."
  • Select "Find a printer in Active Directory" and click "Next."
  • Find the desired printer in the list and select it by clicking “OK”.
  • Select "Yes", then "Next."
  • Complete the installation process by clicking the "Finish" button.

In the event that you did everything correctly, then the installed network printer will appear among the list of all printers. Now you know how to connect a network printer. We wish you good luck!