Network Printer or Print Server.

September 11, 2009 at 00:58:05
Specs: Windows Vista, 2GB
We have three floor in our building and in each floor there are max 50 users. We need a Laser printer (Not Colored) for each floor so that the users should get the printers. Normally some people install a laser printer live HP Laser Jet 1320 in a local computer and share that computer with each client machine.

The 2nd way is to purchase a network printer.

Please guide me that what is the main difference between the printer which is installed in a dedicated computer like print server it is shareed with client machine and the network printer which has its own IP address.Which is batter?

thanks in advance for guidance

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September 11, 2009 at 07:25:26
One advantage to having a printer with it's own IP address is that it doesn't depend on any PC. If a printer is shared through a PC & that PC goes down, that's the end of the printer.

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September 11, 2009 at 07:42:23
This is a very good question. Like stated above there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Jet Printers (Using a Print Server Card)
- Takes the load off the servers.
- More Security options.
- Remote Management.
- Gets around print spooler problems.
- Needs driver on each computer.
- Very hard to setup routing paths to other networks.
- Requires Manual DNS entries for some printers.
- Harder to secure than with Wizards.

When Vista first came out it had problems with some of these printers because of driver problems. By taking the printer off of a print server I was able to get around these problems. It's not an issue any more because Microsoft has fixed the issues but I have a feeling that we might see the same issues with Windows 7.

To answer your question, how about both. Have print server cards in each printer but setup a print server on one of your servers. This way if the server goes down the users can still open a port to the printers IP directly.

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