Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port-Print Server

This article explains how to manually add a print server port to a computer or Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port-Print Server. Install the printer driver to the computer first and make sure that we are able to print directly. Follow the steps below after putting the printer and computer back to your network.

A print server, or printer server, is a device that connects printers to client computers over a network.It accepts print jobs from the computers and sends the jobs to the appropriate printers, queuing the jobs locally to accommodate the fact that work may arrive more quickly than the printer can actually handle. Ancillary functions include the ability to inspect the queue of jobs to be processed, the ability to reorder or delete waiting print jobs, or the ability to do various kinds of accounting (such as counting pages, which may involve reading data generated by the printer(s)

Warning : Before making any changes in your computer, I suggest you to create a System Restore point  so that you can restore back your computer to previous working stat if something goes wrong.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port-Print Server

Step 1: Click Start and select Devices and Printers.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 2: Click on Add a printer in the menu bar.

Step 3: Choose Add a local printer

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 4: Select create a new port.  Select Standard TCP/IP Port from the Type of Port drop-down menu and click Next.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 5: Once prompted, enter the IP address of the Print Server on the IP address and Port name, and then click next.

NOTE:  In this example, the PrintServer’s IP address is 192.168.1.78.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

NOTE:  Wait until Windows finishes detecting the TCP/IP port.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 6:
Select Select LPR under Protocol and enter L1L2, or L3 (depending on what parallel port the printer is connected to) in the Queue Name field.  Click OK.

• L1 = Parallel Port# 1
• L2 = Parallel Port# 2
• L3 = Parallel Port# 3

NOTE:  In the image below, L1 is used as an example.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

NOTE:  When the Add Printer window reappears, click Next to allow the Windows detect the driver model.

Step 7:
Once it is detected, install the printer driver by selecting your printer’s manufacturer and model.  Then, click Next.

NOTE:  In this example, Canon Inkjet iP1300 is selected.

If your printer driver is NOT yet installed, you will be prompted to whether share your printer or not.  Follow the steps below:

Step 8:
Select Do not share this printer if you don’t want to share your printer, then click Next.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

NOTE:  When you select Share this printer so that others on your network can find and use it, make sure to configure file and printer sharing.  To learn how, click here.

Step 9:
When your printer has been successfully added, click Print a Test Page to check whether your printer is working properly, or to see troubleshooting information for the printer.  Then, click Finish.

NOTE:  Make sure you have a paper loaded in your printer.

Step 10: Go back to Devices and Printers.  Your printer’s name should be added under Printers and Faxes section.

NOTE:  Make sure the added printer is on its  http://sw.nohold.net/Linksys/Images/kb22736-018_en.png  Default state.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 9:
Select Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended).  Then, click Next.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

NOTE:  The next window will tell you that the printer will be installed with the Canon Inkjet iP1300 (as an example) driver.  Then, click Next and it will start to install the printer.

Step 10:
When your printer has been successfully added, click Print a Test Page to check whether your printer is working properly, or to see troubleshooting information for the printer.  Then, click Finish.

NOTE:  Make sure you have a paper loaded in your printer.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Step 11:
Go back to Devices and Printers.  Your printer’s name should be added under Printers and Faxes section.

NOTE:  Make sure the added printer is on its  http://sw.nohold.net/Linksys/Images/kb22736-018_en.png  Default state.

Add a Printer via a Standard TCP/IP Port

Conclusion :
Hope above methods helped you to configure print server on your computer. Now you are able to print through network with out connecting your printer to computer through USB cable.