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
mypass


See More: Network Printer or Print Server.

Report •


#1
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.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


Report •

#2
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)
Advantages:
- Takes the load off the servers.
- More Security options.
- Remote Management.
- Gets around print spooler problems.
Disadvantages:
- 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.


Report •

Related Solutions


Ask Question