Suppose there is a small office and several computers connected to the local network, there is no server, but there is one for the entire office printer.
Now the task: to make sure that all computers have access to the printer, that is, they could print through it. This means that we will need to install a network printer and configure it.
You can accomplish the task in three ways.
Connect the printer to a computer that isNetwork and share. The easiest way, but has a significant drawback: if the computer to which our printer is connected does not work, then other computers can not print through it. And if the PC is still broken, you will have to reconfigure and reinstall the drivers, which by that time may already be lost.
Connect the printer through the print server to the network. In this case, the printer needs to be set up once. It will be seen in the print server as a separate node. Each computer will print independently.
If the network printer has a built-in print server, it can be configured in the same way as in case number two. Just need to configure the printer itself, and not some separate device.
We assume that the printer to one of the PCs is alreadyConnected. The operating system will be considered Windows XP. We proceed to configure the public access. First, go to the? Control Panel? And there, in the paragraph? Printers and faxes? Click on the icon of the installed printer. Select the item "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Now switch to the tab "Access"? And click on the "Share printer" button. Give the printer a name and click OK. The icon of the holding hand should appear on the printer icon. This means that the printer setup was successful.
Now we connect the printer to other PCs and configure it. In? Printers and faxes? We need to start the printer connection wizard and instruct the wizard to install the printer.
Next, choose a review of printers? The system will perform the search itself. If the required network printer was not found by the system, connect it manually. In the printer name, we need to enter: \ Computer_namePrinter_Name (the first name of the computer, the second is the printer name). You can specify the IP of the computer instead of its name. Next, the drivers will be installed, and the wizard will complete the installation, offering to print a test (test) page.
In the case of a connection through a print serverThe actions are the same, only in the wizard we need to select the last item and enter the path to the printer. In addition to the network printer or the print server, special additional programs can be used, which can also be used.