... sharing printers on your network

Adding a Network Printer in Windows XP

Once you have configured your print server, I'd recommend with a static IP address, then below is a step by step procedure for adding a printer under Windows XP to be able to print to the printer attached to your print server.

If you have installed the print server onto a network which runs a Microsoft Windows Server you may consider adding the network printer to the server and sharing it from server.


In the Printer Name or IP Address box type in the IP address you assigned to the print server, the Port Name box will be automatically filled in.
Click Next

At this point your PC will atempt to connect to the print server to identify model and the number of printer ports the print server has. If it cannot identify the model it will be identifies as a Generic Network Card.

*NOTE: if you have a print server with multiple printer ports if it is detected correctly you will be given the option to choose which port on the print server the printer is plugged in to. If the print server model is identified as a Genric Network Card as above you will need to click on the Custom button and click on Settings (see below). In the port number box you need to specify the TCP port number to use on the print server. As a genral rule port 9100 (the default) is port 1 on the print server, 9101 is port 2 and 9102 is port 3. Click on OK .

Click Next and then click Finish

The rest of the printer installation then follows the standard Windows printer install of asking which printer driver to use and whether you wish to share the printer from your PC (you shouldn't need to share the printer on your PC as other users can be configured to print via the print server by repeating the steps above on each PC).