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network printer setup

Is it necessary to install the drivers on each machine for the eStudio 4511?  I thought that a true network printer showed itself through NetBios and all you had to do in Windows is go through the "add printer" wizard.  Am I imagining the existence of network printers that don't require putting in a driver cd to each computer?  Are they common?  What are some model examples?
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Most printers (like HP) do not require installing the drivers on each pc.  When you add the network printer, the drivers are actually copied from the pc that has the printer connected to it, over to the one adding it.

For complicated all-in-one printers sometimes you have to install the cd on the other pc's, but to just get the basic printing function to work, you install it on one pc, then set that printer to shared.
what u hav 2 do is if a printer is installed on a machine & shared and u want 2 add this printer on another machine control panel>printer>add new printer > network printer> srch for the printer shared on network > then install any driver for it wont make any differnce & use it one more thing u can do is
in network places open that machine on which printer is shared double click on shared printer & it will be added in ur printers just connect it & it will work (this method works for 2000 professional & xp)
Network printers, in the manner you're looking for, don't require drivers because there's a print server (most likely a Windows server) on which the printers are installed, and PCs are connecting to the print queues on that PC, rather than directly to the printer.  This allows PCs to use the network printer without installing drivers.    Without a central print server, the printers are still available (through their internal print server), but drivers would have to be installed to use the printer functions.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
The eStudio 4511 has its own ethernet connection.  It is not connected to a computer, it is on the network by itself.  This is a big time copier/printer/fax machine.
mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Davidis99, please be more specific in regards to the eStudio 4511.  Does it have its own built-in print server?  I can ping the eStudio IP address, but it doesn't show up on the network as an available printer.
setup a computer to host the printer drivers for setup purposses.

share a folder with drivers that's the easiest way...

mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
No thanks everybody.  I did a "search for computers" and put in the IP address.  This thing has its own print server, so the shared printer(s) showed up there.  It is on its own workgroup.  Can I give myself the points?

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