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Networking a TEC Printer

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Why are you submitting the question again??????

The answers given in your previous question are correct.

You need to purchase a PRINT SERVER.    It is a small box, with a printer port, that is also connected to the network.    A print server comes with special software and instructions to set up the printer access for each PC.    I cannot go into more details, because it depends on which make and model print server you choose.

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I put this one up as a link to the other question.

It deals with both networking and printers. Therefore in order to get a useful answer from the people with the answers I posted on both pages, in case experts didn't check both sites.

ps. You don't sound very nice, which I must say is unexpected from this site. Every other person I've dealt with on this site is friendly patient and very accomodating to users with little knowledge of the topic they are questionning about.
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Print servers cost about 50 bucks - or more for fancier models.

It sounds like your printer is connected to a server or workstation.

What you do is unplug the printer from the server or workstation; plug it into a print server.   In turn, the print server is connected to the network.   The print server basically has a parallel (or usb, or both) port for the printer, and one network port.

On each workstation, you load the print server software, and configure the printer from there.    This has to be done from each workstation to set up access to the printer.       The print server is sometimes managed by an internal web server, or other times special software.  You need to configure the print server with a fixed (static) network address.    This needs to be an address not already "in use" on your network.

I'd recommend going to a good hardware site, and see what print servers they have.   I prefer www.newegg.com.

Once you start to get a feel for print servers, you can usually get to the product's documentation.    This is important, because you want to make sure your particular TEC printer is on the "supported printers" list for the particular print server you choose.

In general-- you will have much greater chances of success with a PARALLEL PORT print server.   USB-port print servers are very picky.
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