Put a network printer

You, you have more than one computer but a single printer. It was the Bazaar whenever someone wants to print a document.

But there is a simple way to put everyone in agreement!
In the same way that you can share a folder, it is possible to share a printer connected to a computer.
Any computer on your LAN can then use your printer.
Of course, the only restriction is that the computer on which your printer is connected is switched on.
Faster, if your printer has an Ethernet port, you can connect it directly to your local network connecting it to your router or your "box".

To set up a local printer sharing
Sharing a printer already connected to one of your computers is very simple.

  1. Switch on the PC on which the printer is connected, and then pull down the menu Start, Control Panel.
  2. Double click on the Printers and faxes icon.
  3. Click the right button on the icon for your printer, and then choose the share command.
  4. Select the share this printer option, and then give it a name.
  5. Click on OK to validate the sharing.

Connect a network printer
If your printer has an Ethernet port or has a print server, you can connect it to your network as if it were a computer.
The then simply connect to your router (Livebox, Freebox, etc...)

If you left the active DHCP server in your router, it will issue a free IP address to your printer. Otherwise, refer to the manual of your printer to find out how to fix it an IP address.


Use a network printer or shared

  1. On the computers from which you want to be able to use the printer, click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double click then click the Printers and faxes icon.
  3. Click the Add a printer in the print jobs topic command.
  4. The Add Printer Wizard opens. Click on the Next button.
  5. Select a network printer or a printer attached to another computer , and then click Next.
  6. In the case of a network printer, select connect to this printer and then enter its IP address in the name field.
  7. If your shared printer is connected to one of the computers on the network, select the find a printer option and then click on the Next button.
  8. The tree of your network is then displayed. Click the printer you have shared, and then click on the Next button.
  9. Confirm the installation of the printer by clicking the Yes button.
  10. If you want to make this printer your default printer, select Yes , and then click the Nextbutton. Otherwise, select the option Non.
  11. Finally click the Finish button.
  12. The printer is added to the list of printers on this computer.
  13. Just use it as any local printer.

Add print for other systems drivers
If you are using an older version of Windows on your computer (Windows 98 or Me for example) and that it must be able to use your shared printer that is accessible by the network, you must add it to additional print drivers.

  1. On the computer to which the printer is connected, click the Start menu click Control Panel.
  2. Double click on the Printers and faxes icon.
  3. Click with the right button of the mouse on the shared printer, and then click share.
  4. Click the additional drivers button.
  5. Then check the box before the drivers available, e.g. Windows 95, 98 and Millenium, then confirm with OK. Your Windows installation CD may be necessary.
  6. Finally double click on the OK button.

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Last edited: 2012-11-04

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