Installing a Network Printer: version 2


By: Curt R
September 19, 2008

Windows 7

Step 1. Open "Devices and Printers" from the Start Menu

Step 2. Click on "Add a printer" at the top of the window

Step 3. Click on "Add a local printer"

Step 4. Select the radio button beside "Create a new port" and from the pulldown menu choose "Standard TCP/IP Port" and click "Next"

Step 5. Click "Next" on the screen that comes up.

Step 6. Type in the IP address of the printer and click "Next"


Continue through the wizard adding the correct drivers and have it print a test page to verify the printer is working.

Windows XP

When adding a "Network" printer doesn't work (as is often the case with wireless printing) use this set of instructions:

Step 1. Open the Printers folder (Start->Settings->Printers)

Step 2. Run the "Add Printer" wizard.

Step 3. Click "Next" on the opening screen

Step 4. You are then asked if you wish to install a Local or a Network Printer. Choose Local and ensure the box beside "Automatically detect and install my Plug and Pray printer" is NOT selected (ie: no checkmark) and click "Next"

Step 5. Select the radio button beside "Create a new port" and from the pulldown menu choose "Standard TCP/IP Port" and click "Next"

Step 6. Click "Next" on the screen that comes up.

Step 7. Type in the IP address of the printer and click "Next"

Continue through the wizard adding the correct drivers and have it print a test page to verify the printer is working.

NOTE: If the printer is connected to a computer with a USB or parallel cable (ie: it’s not plugged in to the network with a network cable), it can still be added as per the above instructions. You have to know the IP address of the computer the printer is connected to and then use that IP. The printer has to be shared first on the computer it’s connected to.


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