1. First, connect the printer to your network by connecting one end of a Cat 5 cable (which should have come with your printer) to your router
And the other end into the network port of your printer. Turn your printer on and wait for it to become ready.
2. Next you’ll need to get the IP
address of your printer. The IP
address is what will tell your computer
where to find your printer on the network. All network printers allow you to print a configuration sheet which will list basic information about the printer along with the current network configuration.
For most printers, this involves pressing the Menu
button on the printer, going to the Information
option and choosing Print Configuration
. You will be looking
for the TCP
The IP Address
is what you’ll need for the next steps.
3. The last step is to add the printer to your computer. Click on Start, then Printers and Faxes.
If you don’t see this in your Start Menu, you can go to Start, Control Panel and then click on Printers and Faxes there. Click Add Printer from the task pane on the left.
The Add Printer wizard will begin, so click Next to get started. On the next screen you’ll be asked whether your printer is a local printer or a network printer. These options are confusing because a network printer is actually referring either a printer connected to another computer or a printer on a print server
. Our printer is a stand-alone printer and so you must select Local printer attached to this computer
and make sure that you uncheck
the box for automatically detecting the printer.
Click Next and you’ll be asked to select the printer port. Since our printer is a network printer with a IP
address, we need to select the Create a new
port option and choose Standard TCP/IP Port.
Click Next and you’ll get another wizard to add a TCP
printer port. On the main wizard screen click Next. In the first text box
, Printer Name or IP
Address, enter the IP
address from the printer configuration sheet you printer earlier.
Click Next and depending on the printer you have, you may get one more dialog before the end of the wizard. If the network card
for the printer cannot be identified, the wizard will ask you to choose the card type. You can leave the default of “Generic Network Card
” and click Next.
Click Next and click Finish. You will then continue on with the Add Printer wizard and you’ll need to either choose the printer from the list of manufacturers or click Have Disk
and insert your printer driver cd
in the computer.
lick Next and enter a name for your printer and click the Yes radio button if you would like the printer to be your default printer.
Click Next and you’ll be asked whether you want to share the printer or not. Click No because anyone else who wants to connect will be able to do so following the same steps.
Click Next and click Yes to print a test page and make sure that the computer and printer can communicate!
Click Next and then click Finish! The new printer will appear in your Printers and Faxes screen and you’re ready to print!
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