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Print server set up

By byteside ·
I have never worked with a print server before. I am assuming that the printer connects directly to the print server and the print server connects to the server. In a peer to peer network do you just pick a computer and connect the print server to it. Then to allow other to use the printer on the peer to peer network do you just share the printer. Any advise in this matter would be helpful.
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by Ann777 In reply to Print server set up

If you are using a hardware print server (a box that has the ability to set ip address, subnet, name, etc. within), then all you need is to connect it to the network (along with the printer(s) of course).

If you are using a software print server (true server software like WinNT Server, Win2000 Server, 2003 Server, etc), then you add the printer drivers to the server software, and connect the printer to the network.

If you have a P2P network, you can just connect a printer to the local port on one computer, share the printer, and the other computers will need to setup a new printer and direct it to the shared printer. There's no "server" in this example. The computer sharing the printer, will need to remain powered on as long as anyone needs to print to the printer (in other words, if the computer is shutdown, then nobody can print to the printer).

You can accomplish printer sharing in any of the three ways above.

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