Solved Setting up a Network Printer

May 23, 2012 at 20:50:15
Specs: Windows 7
I'm a newbie in setting up a network printer, i'm planning on putting its cable directly to the switch which will provide the ip address dynamically, how can i set the printer that all the pc's in the same network can use it,? what should i do?

thanks in advance for the help. :)

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May 24, 2012 at 00:21:47
Once you've followed the instructions on how to set up the printer on your router/switch, as part of the setup process it will be assigned its own ip address. Once it has this you then simply go through the process running 'add printer' or running the installation disk, on each of your computers, selecting 'network printer' when prompted. Each computer will then find your new printer, use the ip address and away you go. The printer's ip address will hopefully remain the same, that's why they often assign addresses away from the first few that other equipment may use, simply so that the computers always know where the printer is, but they can usually find 'missing' printers without too much problem.

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May 24, 2012 at 07:15:51
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Do not use a dynamically assigned IP for a network printer.

Those can change and if it does, then the printers you've installed on all client computers will quit working and you'll be forced to delete the original printer and reinstall the printer on each client.

Always, always, always use statically assigned TCP/IP settings for any resource that needs to be available at all times. This includes servers, printers, NAS devices, etc etc etc.

Take a look at your DHCP scope and use an IP that's outside of the scope so as to avoid potential duplicate IP issues.

Once your printer is properly configured and connected to the network (and responds to ping tests from clients) then you simply install it on each client using the "install printer wizard".

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