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How to make a printer network


  1. Press the button "Start" and go to the section called "Control Panel".

In the window that appears, go to the section in which the change of parameters is available "Networks and the Internet".

Go to Network and Sharing Center.

We note the sub-item that is responsible for including public access to digital signatures and printing devices, and we save the changes made.

By following the steps above, you will make digital signatures and printing equipment publicly available for users connected to the network. The next step is to open access to specific printing equipment.

Sharing a specific printer

  1. Go to "Start" and enter "Devices and Printers".

Move to "Access".

Celebrate “Sharing this printer”click Apply and further "OK".

After the steps taken, the printer began to be marked with a small icon indicating that this equipment for printing is available on the network.

That's all, by following these simple steps, you can enable printer sharing in Windows 7. Do not forget about the security of your network and use a good antivirus. Also enable a firewall.

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We open access to the printer for a local area network

Before describing the settings, I consider important report a few points:

  1. you must have a PC, printer, and laptops (other PCs) to be configured,
  2. on a PC to which a printer is connected directly (to a USB port, for example), drivers must be installed (i.e. printing should work normally on the PC itself). To find and install a printer driver - here's an article in the topic,
  3. The local network must be configured: computers have the same workgroups (you can see if you go to properties of my computer ), and different computer names (in general, if your local network is working, then this is so.).

Here, by the way, is a relatively good (because mine) article on setting up a local network, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with someone who’s in a mess with LAN. The link is below.

Note: all the settings below are relevant for Windows 7, 8, 10.

Now let's get started with the setup. The first thing to do is set up the computer to which the printer is directly connected (that is, we "share" the printer: we give access and permission to use it to another PC on the local network).

1) First open control panel / network and internet / network and sharing control center . Next, click on the link on the left - "Change advanced sharing options" .

Change sharing options

2) Next, we will have three tabs: private , guest or public , and all networks . Now they need to be opened one by one and put ticks in the right places. About it below.

Note: in some cases there will be not 3 tabs, but 2. Then open the tabs that are and do according to the screenshots below.

Private, guest, all networks

3) Open the tab "Private" , and set the sliders to the following position (according to the screen below):

  • enable network discovery (enable automatic configuration on network devices),
  • enable file and printer sharing,
  • Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections.

4) Then we open the following tab - "Guest or public" . We expose:

  • enable network discovery
  • enable file and printer sharing.

5) Last tab "All Networks" , here we expose:

  • disable sharing
  • use 128-bit encryption to protect shared connections,
  • disable sharing with password protection.

Be sure to click save all changes!

A similar setting in these three tabs (private, guest, all networks) must be performed on all computers in the local network (and not just the one to which the printer is connected)! Otherwise, later it will not be possible to connect to the local printer.

Permission to access the printer

First you need to open the control panel at: control panel / equipment and sound / devices and printers . If you have installed drivers and everything is OK with the printer - here you should see it in the tab "Printers" .

Right-click on the printer that you want to make network (public), and go to it properties . In the properties, open the tab "Access" and put a couple of checkmarks:

  1. Sharing this printer
  2. drawing print jobs on client computers.

Sharing a printer (clickable!)

To check if your printer has become local - open a regular explorer (you can open any folder). On the left of the menu you should see your computer name . In my case - the computer name is "Desktop-UGHM5R" - we click on it and we see that in our window there is our shared printer.

Now you can begin to configure other computers to enable them to print to the printer.

Note: note that next to the name of your PC, the names of computers consisting of you on the same local network will be displayed.

How to connect a network printer and start printing

Important! Before you start connecting the printer, you must configure three network tabs: private, guest, all networks (I wrote about this a little higher). If you do not give permission to use shared folders, printers, etc., you will not see or connect the printer!

1) Turn on the computer from which we want to print (note: the PC is connected to a local area network in which there is a computer with a printer connected).

Open the explorer and click on the tab "Network" (left in the menu). Next, you should see a list of computers that are on the same local network with you: open the one on which there is a public printer (which we made a network in the previous step).

We go to the PC where the printer is open

2) Next, the icon and the name of the printer should appear - right-click on it and select "To plug" .

3) 1-2 minutes (usually) will be required to install and configure the driver. At this time, the PC is better not to touch or close this window (example on the screen below).

Driver Search Process

4) Next, if everything went well, the printer appears in the tab "Printers" and it can be used. Try to open some Word document, press the key combination Ctrl + P and send the document to print (do not forget to select a printer, by default, the printer you added is usually not installed).

Printer connected // task completed

Actually, that’s the whole Windows setup for creating a public local printer. As you can see, in this regard, in Windows (7, 8, 10) everything is quite simply organized - you can figure it out yourself.

An even more convenient and universal option is to connect the printer directly to a Wi-Fi router. Thus, it will not be necessary to keep the PC to which the printer is connected turned on. In principle, there is nothing complicated there either - usually, a router goes to the router. Software that performs a similar setup in auto mode.

Method 1. Connect through a computer.

The classic way, which is already very many years old, but at the same time, it still remains the most budgetary and in demand, especially when it comes to the home network. This is a setting for sharing the printer through a computer to which it is connected via USB or other interfaces.

This method is ideal if you have a simple printer that does not have any interfaces for connecting via USB or LPT.

Keep in mind that if you have an MFP, then in this way you can only share the printer of this MFP. The ability to scan only remains on the computer directly to which your MFP is connected.

Method 2. Connecting a printer, or an MFP using special units - print servers.

This connection method is also used to connect the devices described in the first method that do not have the ability to communicate via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

In this case, the print server performs the function of this very computer, to which in the first method we connect the printer. Depending on the technical specifications, the print server can connect to the network either to a wired Ethernet network or via Wi-Fi.

Most often, this method of connection is used in small offices when it becomes necessary to connect a not very new, but good printer as a network printer.

The advantages of this method include the fact that it is not required that someone's computer be constantly turned on. Reduce equipment wear and save energy. In addition, if you use an MFP and want to use the scanner over the network, you can purchase a special print server that can work with the scanner.

Method 3. Through the built-in network controller.

Most modern printers and MFPs already have a network card that allows you to connect the device to a local area network either by wire (Ethernet) or via Wi-Fi. Usually in this case there should not be any difficulty in setting up such a printer for network operation. The installation wizard allows you to find the device on the network and install a set of drivers and various application programs with helpers for it.

Since this all happens automatically, we will not go into details. Write in the comments, if someone has any difficulties, we will disassemble.

Pros - this is a hassle-free connection and you can use the scanner and printer over the network.

The only important point that I would pay close attention to is that it is desirable (not necessary, but very desirable) to assign a static IP to your network device. This will save you from those potential situations when the printer suddenly refuses to print out of the blue or the scanner scans due to the fact that the device received a different IP address when it was turned on. Modern control programs easily solve this problem by connecting to the device by name and not by address, but from experience I can say that sometimes it happens.

There are various ways to connect mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to the printer. Technologies are used for this.Google printer andAirprint In this article, we do not disclose these technologies because This is a topic for a separate article.

Method 1. Configure access to a printer connected to one of the computers on the network.

The method, as already mentioned above, is old, from this perfectly debugged. If your network uses the same operating systems, then it also requires the least action from you.

Let's start with the computer to which the printer is connected. We go in Devices and Printers through the menu Start (Windows 7), or right-click on the button Start and in the context menu that opens, select Devices and Printers. If you are using Windows Vista, then you have an icon. Printers on the control panel. Windows XP is Printers and Faxes.

Right-click on the printer to be shared and select Printer Properties.

In the window that opens, go to the tab Access.

Here we check the box Sharing this printerfield Network Name: you can not touch, except in certain cases, when, for example, you want to make connecting to a shared printer in a not quite standard way. We will definitely analyze this point in a separate article, as most often it is not required.

If you have all the computers on the network running the same version of Windows, you can skip the highlighted box below.

Section Drivers. He took this moment in a separate block, just to give you an understanding of why it is needed at all.

This section is used when other computers that will interact with the shared printer are running other versions.Windows, as well as versionsWindows having a different bit depth. Its use is optional if you yourself are responsible for all computers in the company or at home. Otherwise, you can click Additional drivers ... and add drivers for various operating systems.

If this is not done, then when connecting to the printer from another workstation, if there is no suitable driver in the arsenal of the operating system, you will be asked to indicate the path to the driver, which must first be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

Click everywhere OK and go to another computer to which you want to connect a network printer.

We go in Computer and go to Network, select our computer and right-click on the icon of our printer, which has just been opened access.

Push To plug, we answer the Windows question about installing drivers Yes and after that Done. If during the installation of Windows the driver is requested, we go to the website of the printer manufacturer, download, unpack and indicate the path.

IMPORTANT!If possible, any driver should be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website! If you just search for a driver on the Internet, then there is a high probability of downloading not a driver, but a virus! That is, if you already have very old equipment and the manufacturer did not bother to write a driver for the new version of the operating system, then it will be very difficult and even very selective.

Method 2. Connecting printers and MFPs through a Print Server device using the TP-Link TL-PS110U V2 as an example

Let's start by setting up the print server itself. The default interface is English, so the screenshots will also be English. However, do everything as it is written and you will be happy.

We turn on the power supply of the print server to the outlet, using the supplied cord we connect the print server to the router, or to the switch, connect the print server to the printer with a USB cable. And start the settings.

We go in any browser and in the address bar (in address, not in the search bar of Yandex or Google, but in the one located at the very top of the browser window) we type the address of the print server, which by default is and click Enter. If it doesn’t work, then you need to manually set the IP address from the zero subnet on your network adapter. (How to do this?) Most often, this is not required, unless you are a fan of TrendNet technology - they practice the default networks are or Zyxel, which loves

A login and password request should appear on your screen. Enter login admin (all letters are small), field Password leave it blank. If everything went fine, then we should see the following picture:

Go to the section Setup.

Here we change the settings to UserthefollowingTCP /IPsettings and for convenience we drive in the field IPAddress not what the manufacturer offers, but, Subnet mask (SubnetMask) - without changes. Everything else, if you have one network, you can not touch. Push Save & Restart.

Actually, this completes the configuration of the print server, we begin the configuration on the computer.

We go in Devices and Printers through the menu Start (Windows 7), or right-click on the button Start and in the context menu that opens, select Devices and Printers. If you are using Windows Vista, then you have an icon. Printers on the control panel. Windows XP is Printers and Faxes.

Push button Printer Setup

In the window that opens, select Add local printer.

In this window you must select Create a new port: and choose Port type:StandardTCP /IPPort.

Set the device address. The port name itself will be added. Check box Scan printer and select driver automatically do not put down - it is important!

We meditate on this picture and wait for the opening of the next page.

Choose Special and click Options.

Choose Protocol - LPR LPR Parameters - lp1, set the checkbox Byte counting allowedLPR Push OK.

Choose your printer and click Further.

We admire the window ...

Leave everything as it is and click Further.

Optionally, you can print a test page to verify that the printer is installed correctly.

And we admire our correctly installed printer.

At the companyTP-Link is still interesting print serverTL-PS310U- This print server can work correctly with the MFP, not only as a printer, but also as a scanner. Printer settings are best done by analogy with the above example, but in order to work with the scanner, you must install the utility that comes with the kit. But this is a completely different story. If anyone will be interested, write in the comments, I will describe the installation process in one of the following articles.