Help With Networking Printer
Posted on 2007-03-19
I have just been called in to a company to "hook up printers to computers". This area has always been one in which I have had trouble. Armed with only the "Add New Printer" "Network Printer" "Browse..." and that is it. Basically if it isn't on the list (which it seems as if they never are) I'm out of luck.
Their current setup they have four printers that are hooked directly to their network switch via a CAT-5 cable. There are about a dozen or some PCs on the network currently that can connect and print to those printers just fine. However there is one computer that is flat out troublesome.
I know that without any specific brands or model numbers I can't receive a direct "do this" type of answer. However, my question is more so aimed at what to do in general to figure out how to connect a printer over the network (beyond setting the printer as a shared printer under the computer it is plugged into). Maybe I just have rotten luck but is there a general method to get this to work? At this point I'm open to articles, books, expert posts, anything to arm me with more than crossing my fingers in hopes that the right printer shows up when I hit the browse button.
As always, thanks much for any help you can provide. Please multiple answers and suggestions are most welcome!
PS - I'm on Windows XP.