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adding IP printers

By Sue T ·
Is there anyway at all in Windows XP to allow a user to add a printer that you connect to by IP address? The user would have to be able to make a new port. I have also tried doing this as a power user but it would not allow me to do it. Most of our printers are set up using IP so I would like to be able to let users add a printer if and when they need to instead of me having to visit each computer to do it as administrator. The computers are runnig XP sp2. Thank you.

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by Oz_Media In reply to adding IP printers

I've seen it work for some printers by using the print to file command and it will allow you to select an IP address as the file path. Some HP's wouldn't let me do it that way, by the Lexmark did.

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by Sue T In reply to

Poster rated this answer. Thank you for responding. I need to find a way for them to add a printer that will always be there and will just automatically print when they tell an application to print.

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by CXY In reply to adding IP printers

Hi Sue,

Actually you can add the ports by IP address in a server. Then you can share the ports. That way user can add the printers by connecting to the server.

Regards,

dC

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by Sue T In reply to

Poster rated this answer. The boss is trying to get a way from a print server and that is why I am trying to find a way for users to add printers by themselves with our office only supplying the IP address.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to adding IP printers

Hi

This is what you need to do:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307016

You will needd to do it for each machine but it's a one-time-only process.

After you have finished, all users, including new users who log onto a computer will automatically have the printer(s) you specify installed.

Good luck

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by Sue T In reply to

Poster rated this answer. Users in different buildings and areas use different printers so this would have to be done for every printer.

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by SchoolinIT In reply to adding IP printers

Sue,
GPO is probably not what you're looking to use in this case, but, I have found its the only viable method to alot of simple problems. Also, I've found that Remote Desktop (log in as Admin) is a much more practical way of gaining access to a system than phisically visiting the box. I'm interested in learning of your final solution if possible.
-Allen

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by feathersmcgraw In reply to adding IP printers

Once of the more easy/simple ways to set up printers that users can access via ip is to share them out from a master server.

It may not be the "best" way, but it sounds like you are just looking for a simplistic way to have users add printers on their own.

You do this buy giving the printer an ip address with correct mask. Then add that printer to the server adding a tcp/ip port. Once the printer is attached and drivers installed on the server you can share that printer out. Then the XP user can simply add a printer...choose the network option and type \\<server name>\<name of printer

XP will do the rest and they should have print access. It also allows you to have once central administration point if spools die off or error out.

If that didn't make sense let me know and I'll elaborate or send better instructions :)

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by Sue T In reply to

Poster rated this answer. Thank you for responding but I need to try to find a way to do this without using print server.

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