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How to Setting Up a Printer

By Shanghai Sam ·
Would someone pls give me a rundown on how to set up a networked printer ?
Like assigning IP address to it..
(how do you find out an available/unused IP ?)

Thanks

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How to Setting Up a Printer

by Shanghai Sam In reply to How to Setting Up a Print ...

1. You must have a Printer Server. A device that is seen by the network. An example is an HP JetDirect 170. There are other devices by other companies.
2. On your network, it should be a TCP/IP network and a particular subnet. An example would be 192.168.1.x with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Another example would be 10.10.x.x and a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0
3. I am assuming that you have a relatively small network. From my above information, I will use 192.168.1.x as the network address scheme.
4. Have you manually assigned IP addresses to each of your workstations? OR are you using DHCP which will automatically assign IP addresses to your network PC's?
5. If it is the first, then select a NON-used ip address between 1 and 254. You can use that for your Print Server
6. If you use DHCP, you will need to narrow your scope to NOT use a particular IP address, and then assign it to your Print Server.
7. For our example, I am selecting 192.168.1.50 as the available IP address.
8. With a new HP Jet Direct 170, you will hook it up to your network hub and turne it on. Then manually change the ip address of one (1) pc to 192.0.0.100 (Why? because you need a pc to be able to talk to the new HP JetDirect 170.
9. Then TELNET into this ip address: 192.0.0.192 this is the default Ip address of the print server. OR use HP JetAdmin.
10. In either case, you will need to change the ip address to the one selected in our example: 192.168.1.50
11. Change the pc ip address back to what it was, originally.

At this point the print server is on the network.

Good luck

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How to Setting Up a Printer

by Shanghai Sam In reply to How to Setting Up a Print ...

Same as above, as far as the IP allocation goes, but the best way to run up a networked print server is to load the "Microsoft TCP/IP Printing" service through the Services => Add option in the network applet.

You can then create an LPR printer port in the add printer wizard (providing IP address and name of printer in the LPR Port options), use it as the Port for your printer, load the appropriate printer driver, name it, share it and WHAMMO - networked printer.

Your clients can then connect to it via a standard UNC name i.e \\server\share.

Good luck

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