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how to share a printer over the network

I never done this before.

so i want to know if i have to buy a printer that has a LAN port on it to use ethernet cable to connect to the router/switch in order to have a print server and share it over the network or any printer can be configured to be a print server as log as its attached to the server????

because i have 2 printers, but none of them have LAN port.
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Hello,

Step one : Change the default IP of Your Printer  to fit within the IP ranges of your office LAN.
Step two : Easy configurations in the PCs for using the printers shared by  printer.
(1). Install the printer driver. (Please refer to the printer manual. In this guide,
we assume that you have installed the printer driver, HP LaserJet 1100)
(2). Use Windows build-in wizard to add the print port using the IP,
192.168.2.22 of Printer Server.

For more information please look on this http://www.edimax.com/images/Image/FAQ/PrintServer/General-Print/ConfigTCPIP-PS1203&05.pdf
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It is better to purchase a printer with a network card, you can now buy printers that have wireless cards as well. If you decide to buy a printer without a network card, you can still connect it to your network via print server, which is a small box that has both a usb port and a network port. You plug the usb end into the computer the other end you plug into your router or a network plug in your wall if you have one, this plug will be connected to your router or switch.  You can also connect the printer to a stand alone computer which can act as a print server, infact you can connect all your other printers to this computer and have this computer act as a print server where all users can print to.
Heres a video showing you how to set up network printers and sharing

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11334_7-6232456-7.html?tag=rb_mtx;wp_body
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web tracker: but my printer only has USB port and IEEE firewire port, i cant connect it to router.

what do u mean by connecting to my router??

i have windows 2008 server on my machine, which is connected to the router. so if i install the Print server role on that server and while the printer is connected to the server with USB and its on, i can share the printer in my network. and after that i can print from that server on any clients in my network?

does it work like that?

but what about the IP address that i have to give to the printer???  is it gonna be the IP of my windows 2008 server or a dedicated IP just for the print server?

because since my printer doesnt have any network card or LAN port to be connected to my router, it cant have any IP address of its own.

so  am i right??
1)You could share as stand alone printer
2)you could buy a hp jet direct print server which has a usb port then plug into your router
see step 6 of the guide.


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davy: USB to router u mean? My adsl modem/router doesnt have a support for USB connection.

it has only ethernet ports.

My Thomson ADSL modem/router has 6 ethernet ports in which i connect my servers, clients to.

i dont have any other switches or routers.
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