How to connect a printer to a computer
There are only two ways to connect the printer to a computer:
This method involves connecting the printer to a computer via Wi-Fi or USB. In this case, the connection is made using the driver that is included with the purchased printer. Also, the driver can be downloaded from the Internet. As a rule, connecting in this way eliminates any problems with the connected printer, unlike the second method.
With this method, the printer can be connected to the computer locally and thanks to the shared access, it is also possible to connect this printer to other computers on the local network or print server. Making a network printer is very simple: just connect it to a computer or print server using Wi-Fi, USB or Lan and open access for all users of this network.
How to connect the printer in a network way
Often there are situations when the number of printers in an office or home is less than the computers in a given network, and when printing documents, an additional printer setup is necessary so that it can print over the network.
An example of the most common situation. There is a printer to which one computer is connected, and printing is required from another over the network. In such cases, there are several options for connecting the printer to a second computer. The simplest of them are as follows:
Connect a network printer using a computer
Sometimes, in order to work with the printer over the network at the same time two computers, additional settings are required (if the "No access" error occurs during the network printer setup process).
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Method number 1
Initially, you should find out the name of the computer (to which the printer is connected). To do this, you need to right-click on the icon "My Computer". In this menu, select the “Properties” mark and in it there is a tab called “Computer Name”. In Windows7 software, this tab will be the last in the list of “Properties” marks. This menu can also be accessed in another way. by going to the control panel menu, find the “System” icon (“System Properties”).
Having learned the name of the computer we need, we can move on to another computer. In it, click on the “START to run” button, or you can simply open one of the folders. Then, in the line of the address (folder address) that appears at the top, enter \\ the name of the computer. Example: if the computer name is “printserver”, then “\\ printserver” must be entered in the line. After these manipulations, ENTER is pressed. Thus, we find ourselves in a remote computer and can see all the network resources available to it. These include a printer that can be installed simply by clicking on it.
If the printer does not appear in the list of available network resources, then access must be opened for it. To do this, go to the computer to which the printer is connected. In it we go to the “START”, then selecting the “Printers” tab and in this window that appears, you should right-click on the printer that we need. In this menu window, select “Properties”, then find the “Access” tab. In this tab, you need to put a checkmark in front of the mark "Open sharing". Thus, this printer appears in the list of network resources.
Method number 2
You need to go to the control panel and select the “devices and printers” folder in the proposed menu. Then click “Add Printer” (or in other versions of “Installing a Printer”). In the appeared window of the wizard for installing new devices, click the "Next" button, then select "Connect to a printer" or "Browse printers on the network", confirming the selection by clicking the "Next" button. A new window that appears will offer a list of devices on the network where you will need to find the printer you need and confirm its selection by clicking the "Next" button. The process will be completed by the operating system without your further involvement.
There are cases (if the computers are on a network with different versions of Windows), when you may need a printer driver during installation. Such a driver can be taken from the disk that came bundled with the printer, or downloaded from the Internet from the manufacturer’s website for this printer.
If the printer is connected to the network directly using its own network interface or through a print server, then such a device is easier to connect using the installation wizard, which usually comes with a printer (MFP) in the form of a CD.
If there is no possibility to use such a disk, then it is worth using another method. To do this, go to the "Add Printer Wizard" following the instructions of Method 2. Here, select the mark “Local printer” and then “Create a new port”. In this menu, select “Standard TCP / IP Port”. The Add Printer Wizard appears on the screen. In the “Printer Name / IP Address” field, enter the IP address of the printer, which is specified in the instructions and settings of the printer itself. Having correctly completed all the steps, the process can be completed with a few clicks of the “Next” button in the windows that appear.
Some printing devices require additional settings, which include the TCP / IP port settings.