Direct printer access by all machines

May 9, 2010 at 18:23:41
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,
I'm setting up a LAN. All the
computers run XP Home. I have an
HP 7410 printer successfully on the
network, but I'd like to make it directly
accessible to all computers without
the computer it's currently "attached"
to needing to be first turned on. It
seems to me that this is the natural
way a printer should be hooked up,
but I've been unsuccessful doing it. Is
it possible?

Thanks,
p.


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#1
May 9, 2010 at 19:50:02
Unless the printer has or is connected to a network print server you have no choice but to attach it to a computer which must always be on.

You need something like this:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/e...

Stuart


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#2
May 9, 2010 at 19:59:43
Thanks, Stuart. I guess a server is needed to spool jobs? This roundabout way of
accessing the printer makes little sense to me.

p.


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#3
May 9, 2010 at 20:08:33
You can spool jobs with a network server but then you can also spool jobs to a shared printer connected to a computer. Spooling print jobs is not the primary function of a print server.

The function of a print server to make to printer available to anyone on the network. When a shared printer is connected to a computer the computer is effectively the print server.

Stuart


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#4
May 10, 2010 at 03:23:59
Thanks again.

p.


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