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Installing a network printer as a separate network element

Installing the network printer as a stand-alone printerelement of the network allows you to solve the problem of mandatory starting the computer on which the network printer is shared. But in this case it is necessary to take into account one important detail that there are printers with built-in Wi-Fi module or Ethernet-connector, as well as printers that do not have network interfaces.

Printers with network interface

installing a network printer
If the printer has network interfaces,you need to connect it to the network by turning on the wireless network module or by connecting the cable to the network equipment. Next, you need to set up a network printer. To do this, through the printer menu or through a special application that comes with a set of drivers, you must specify the type of addressing used - a static address or dhcp. If static addressing is used, you must enter the address, network mask and gateway, if necessary. Also, change the network name of the computer to make it easier to recognize it, but it is not necessary. All - the printer is set up.

Installing a network printer in this caseis performed from the official disc of the manufacturer, which is attached to the device itself. In this case, at the initial stage of the installer configuration, you must specify that the installation is performed for the network device. Then the entire network segment will be scanned for this printer model, and it will be displayed in the list. If there are several devices of this model in the network, then we determine the devices by the previously entered address, or by the network name. Next, the network printer is installed in the normal mode.

connecting the printer over a network
Using the Print Server

If there is a printer that can be connectedonly locally to the computer, then you can simply open it to the PC where it is installed. But this connection option is not very convenient, since network printing will be dependent. The output from this situation can be the use of a print server.

The print server is a device,which allows you to use a printer with interfaces for local connection as a full-fledged network printer. The device itself is compact enough. The print server has an interface for connecting to a printer as a USB port or an LPT port, as well as a network interface for connecting to a common network (Wi-Fi, Ethernet). Thanks to such a device, it is possible to connect the printer through a network that is initially local.

configure network printer
So, the printer on the local port connects to thea print server that connects to the network either by cable or wirelessly. Next, you need to configure the print server. To do this, it is connected via USB or COM-port to the computer on which the software that comes with the device is installed. If the software is not included, then the configuration is done via the web interface. An application or a browser configures the device's network settings-such as the type of addressing, address, and name. And in the last step, the network printer is installed on the network computers.

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