If you're in a corporate environment, you can probably only print to networked printers, unless you're one of the lucky few to have a personal desktop printer. For the rest of us, we need to manually connect to the network printer in two ways.
If you are in a domain, then you are in luck because all you have to do is search and a list of all printers on the network will appear! If necessary connect to a network printer via the IP address, a little different. I'll show you how to do both in this article!
Connecting to a network printer on a Windows domain
Whichever method you are using, you will always need to click Printers and fax machines from the Start menu or from the Control Panel.
Now click on Add printer in the menu on the left in Printer operations .
On the home screen, click Come on . Choose a network printer or a printer connected to another computer and click Come on.
Now if you are on a domain, you want to choose Find a printer in the directory and click Come on . This will search for all printers in Active Directory.
Click on the button Find and you should get a list of all the printers on the network available in Active Directory.
Just double click on the printer and it will install automatically.
Connection to network printer via IP address
If you are not part of an Active Directory domain, you will need to connect to the network printer via its IP address. To do this, you must first know the printer's IP address. You can do this by printing the configuration page for the printer. List all settings, including network configuration.
To connect this way, instead of selecting A network printer, choose Local printer connected to this computer and be sure to deselect Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer .
Click Next, select Create a new door and select Door Standard TCP / IP .
On the welcome screen, click Next, then type the printer's IP address in the box Printer name or IP address .
If you cannot identify the network card for the printer, a device type dialog box may appear. Leave the default option " Generic network card "and click Next.
Now you will have to choose the driver for the printer you want to install. If not included in the default list provided by Windows XP, you will need to download it, click Disk driver and select the location of the printer driver. Click Next when you're done.
Name your printer and choose whether you want to use it as your default printer or not. Click Next and choose if you want to share the printer with other users on the network. Finally, click Next and you will be given the option to print a test page.
This all! The printer should now appear in the list of printers when you access the dialog Printers and fax machines . If you have problems with the connection to the network printer, post a comment and I will try to help you! To enjoy!