Network Printing

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 7 Feb. 1998 / Last Updated on 7 Feb. 1998]

Setting up a Printing via a Network follows very much the same procedure as accessing a Disk-resource via the network:

1) Share the Printer

On the system, to which the
printer is connected,
make sure, that in the
"Network"-applet,
"File and printer sharing
for Microsoft Networks
"
is installed.

Check its configuration
by clicking on the button:
"File and Print Sharing"
window :
"File and Print Sharing"

Make sure to have the
checkmark on:
- I want to be able to allow others
to print to my primter(s)I
In "MyComputer", open the
folder "Printers",select
your printer and select
from the "Context-Menu":
"Sharing"
Printer Properties:
tab: "Sharing":
Select "Shared as:
define a Sharename
(ending the sharename with
a $-sign hides the printer)
Your printer is now
a "shared Network Resource",
indicated by a "hand holding
the printer" under the printer icon.


2) Accessing the printer via the Network:

On the other systems on the network, a shared printer
is shown in the "Network Neighborhood" as an
available resource.

To install the network-printer:

In "MyComputer", open the
folder "Printers" and start:
"Add Printer"

This starts the
Add Printer
Wizard:

select "Next "
Select:"Network Printer",
the "Next"
Enter "Network Path"
(if you know it), better:
use "Browse" to locate
the printer and just pick
it from the list.
The system shows then the
Network-path of the printer
in UNC-format:
\\<server-name>\<printername>

You can also define, if you
need to print from MS-DOS
based programs, then select
"Next" to continue.
Define the "Printer-name",
as you like to see it yourself,
and whether this printer should
be your "Default Printer",
then "Next" to continue.
when asked :
"Would you like to print a Test-Page:"

select "Yes" as recommended,

then"Finish" to continue.
You are finished:
The printer will appear in
the folder "Printers",
and the system will prompt you
to confirm, that the test-page
was printed properly.

You are now able from any application to use this printer.

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