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Can a desktop computer be used as a print server?

Can a desktop computer be used as a print server?
I have two HP printers both with network ethernet ports. Can I use a desktop computer with a pair NICs as a Print Server? I’d like to have them available over my wireless network. I already have a WiFi card in the desktop and its connected to my network. The desktop is running WindowsXP and I’d like to keep it that way.
Perhaps I should have clarified….I want the desktop to act as a WIRELESS print server…

Answer by vikingnoise
If the printers have network ports they already have printer servers built in. You can connect them straight to your router or switch instead of running them through your computer.

Otherwise, you’d need a cross-over cable to connect the printer(s) to your computer. Your computer wouldn’t be a ‘print server’ per se; it’d be more of a gateway or bridge.

If you have a wireless router, then anything connecting to the router can use the printer, wired or wireless. You just need to install drivers on all PCs that will be using them and possibly run a network configuration utility for the printers.

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    1. Alan Y
      January 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

      Sure, no problem at all.

      Connect your two HP printers to LAN by wire cable. And install HP printer admin tools on your desktop, scan HP printer in the tool, you may install these two printer step by step. And you may need to install extra drivers for those two HP printers for other computers running different OS.

      Alan Yang @ Iron Oak IT inc., Calgary, AB

    2. Mike B
      January 21, 2011 at 5:48 am

      It is not really a Print Server but you are sharing the printers with others in the network.

      You will run into problems sharing a printer on XP with another PC running Vista doing it this way.

      For Vista to work the Vista drivers for this printer must be installed on the Vista PC. Now set it up as a local printer and put the web address for the local printer in the Vista PC and it will find it.


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