connecting to a printer via a print server

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Ok, we use extend_net print boxes here. They just connect to our older printers and gives it an IP.  Since it has an IP (, I should just be able to do add the printerto any computer in the network right? (win2k clients)

Well I went to a client PC.
Specified a network printer
and entered

It says "windows cannot connect to the printer" etc etc etc

I've never added a printer thats connected to a print server before, am I doing this correctly?
Question by:dissolved
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    Hello dissolved,

    You need to add printer by using http://ipaddresshere/printername where the IPaddress is of your print server.

    You can also try adding it by going \\yourservername\printersharenamehere

    Have a look at this article, although its about WinXP, the process is quite the same as Win2k.;en-us;307847&sd=tech

    Also, are you using Novell / Netware on your network ?


    Author Comment

    Gotcha. Problem is, i'm using an extendnet print server.  I cant get it to work. It says printer not found when I try to add it by IP.
    Maybe I have to try ?????
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    by:David Lee
    I've never even heard of an extendnet print server before, so I'm not in a position to say how it works.  We use HP JetPrints, so that's what I'm familiar with.  When setting them up you create a TCP/IP port that points to the print server device, a JetDirect in my case.  Don't know if that helps.
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    by:David Lee
    Printing to an http address sounds like Internet Printing.  If that's what you want, then have a look at these links:;en-us;313058;en-us;248344

    Author Comment

    No, not internet printing. I think we do what you do bluedevil.   So how do you add printers to  your user's PCs?  Do you browse the network for them or what bluedevil?  Thanks!
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    Try this.  I've only included the significant steps, not every Next click.

    1.  Add printer.
    2.  Local printer attached to this computer.
    3.  Create a new port.
    4.  Change Type of port to Standard TCP/IP Port.
    5.  When you get to Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard:
        a.  Printer Name or IP Address: Enter
        b.  Port Name: This will fill in automatically as you enter the IP address
    6.  Device Port.  Select the correct port from the list, assuming there is one.

    That's the steps I go through for a JetPrint.

    Author Comment

    that was it. thanks

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