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How do I redirect the LPT 1 port to usb port for a laser printer ?

Posted on 2009-02-12
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How do I redirect the LPT 1 port to usb port for a laser printer ?
Question by:lgsantos
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s54 earned 1500 total points
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Assuing computer name is "expert" and you have shared your USB printer with the name "hp".  

From a command prompt, type in: net use lpt1 \\expert\hp

If you would like this to keep after your next reboot type in: net use lpt1 \\expert\hp /persistent:yes

Expert Comment

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You would have to share the printer for this to work.  Go into your printer and faxes window, right click on the USB printer you wanted to set to lpt1 and go to the sharing tab.  Set the printer share name here, and make sure it is less than 8 characters long and does not have any special characters.  This share name is what you would enter as the printer name from the command line I gave you above.

net use lpt1 \\%computername%\%printer share name% /persistent:yes

This has worked about 70% of the time for me.  There have been instances where some HP branded printers not taking the settings while a Canon would.

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