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Printing in a Networked Lab using Win '9

By donarms ·
I have a lab of computers running Win'98. They are set up as peer-to-peer. I have set up a few of the computers as print servers. I inherited a couple of printers (HP LaserJet 5M & Epson 900N) with network cards built in, but I don't know how to take advantage of them. I tried plugging them directly into a couple of ports in the hub, but they did not show up on the network. Is this as easy as I suspect? What am I missing?

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Don Armstead

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by danawanner In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

I don't have a direct answer, but an alternate solution perhaps. I would would setup the printer locally, then enable print sharing on the workstation,from Network neighborhood.

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by tlippert In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

Normally a network print server card is assigned a network address from a dhcp server. If you have windows 98se you can set up on of the machines to share the internet connection. This will put one machine on the network with a limited version of dhcp. The next time the printers come on they will automatically pick up an IP address from the win98se machine and the printer can be seen in network neighborhood. Right click on the printer and select install. Good Luck.

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by jim_rau In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

Assuming that the cards in these printers are HP brand (I have never seen a 3rd party network card for a printer) what you need in JetAdmin from HP.

You can download the application (or WebAdmin if you like) and install it on the PC you want to be the print server. While you are at the HP website download the documentation detailing how to setup a new port on the Win98 PC that can "see" the network card.

After the new port is setup on the PC you add the printer like usual and select the new port (You give it a name I think) to print to and it should.

Good luck with the project!

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by Dennis@l In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

I need more information on your network. there is 2 ways to get what you want with what you already have. In peer to peer connect directly to one of the workstations and install file & print sharing for all systems that you want to use them and share the printer. If you have a server of some type then connect the printers to an active network port, create a print service for each printer on the server, ( you may have to config TCP/IP on the printer first.

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by TomSal In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

I truly don't understand why intelligent people are making this so much more complex than it needs to be. Always suit the application to the environment, no more. KISS (keep it simple stupid) is the rule to live by in the IT world. Sounds like a small network to me, I assume you know its not reccommended to have a peer to peer net with more than 10 computers. Don't use TCP/IP. You have no need for it and it offers you no benefit for such a small net. You can install it as a secondary protocol on the machines if you need Internet access. Make IPX/SPX your main protocol (its faster than TCP/IP anyway). Install the printers locally on a machine and then share them to the network. Since you're peer to peer a print server makes little sense anyway.

Hope this helps.

later.

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by donarms In reply to Printing in a Networked L ...

I will soon have over 200 computers printing to these and other printers. I believe I really need to use TCP/IP.

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