How to connect computer to a large network printer
Posted on 2011-05-07
This might seem like a very elementary question but what is the most efficient way to connect any computer to a network printer (I have a Dell Precision 690 and want to connect it to a HP 8150 with a network cable connection.jet direct card installed)? I have a Jetdirect EX Plus3 print server but am unsure how this works. It has 3 standard printer ports on the back and a network port. Now, is the network port an input or an output, or both? And the 3 printer ports-are they inputs, outputs, or both? Is the Jetdirect made to connect 3 computers via their printer cables to one network printer or to a network of printers via cat 5- or one cat 5 network cable as an input out to 3 seperate printers? And I have always been a little confused with the Jetdirect connection on the 8150-since the only network connection I have on the computer is where I plug the Internet cable from the router into. Should there be a usb to server to printer connection, a computer network card to jetdirect card connection, or a printer port to server to network card connection? What is the most correct way to do this? Can I use this print server by connecting the computer via standard printer cable to one of 3 ports on the print server as an input and use the network connection as an output from the server to the jetdirect card in the printer or would this be connecting this up backwards? Thanks!