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Your printer should have been packaged with a USB cable regardless of whether it is a wireless or wired printer. Plug the cable into your printer and your computer`s USB port. The direct linking should trigger your computer to recognize the printer and start up the software needed to complete the installation.
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners. Under Add printers & scanners, select Add a printer or scanner. Choose the printer you want, and then select Add Device.
Check cables or wireless connection
Make sure that the printer`s USB cable is properly connected from the printer to your PC. If your USB isn`t recognized, see Automatically diagnose and fix Windows USB problems. Check the wireless connection (for wireless printers).
If the LabelWriter appears as Unspecified or Unknown in Devices and Printers on Windows, it usually means that the computer has not identified that device as a printer yet.
It might be connected physically to a file server or client computer by a parallel, serial or USB connection. Dedicated, network, print-server hardware devices connect directly to a printer via a parallel or USB connection and to the network wirelessly or by using an RJ45, Ethernet cable connection.
When a PC wants to send data to a printer, it sends it either through a parallel port, a serial port or a network connection.
USB hubs enable you to attach multiple devices, such as printers, hard drives and card readers, to a single computer. However, the USB hub only makes the devices available to one computer at a time. You need to disconnect the hub from one computer and attach it to another to share a printer with more than one computer.
The Print Spooler is software built into the Windows operating system that temporarily stores print jobs in the computer`s memory until the printer is ready to print them. In some circumstances you may need to stop and/or restart the service.
Click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and click Folder Options to open the Folder Options dialog box. Click the View tab. In the Advanced Settings list, click to clear the Automatically Search for Network Folders and Printers check box. Click OK.
A wired connection is usually done using a network cable (Cat 5 or Cat 6 network cable). A wireless connection (Wi-Fi) uses an 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n wireless network card. With both connection types, a network router is usually required to connect to other computers.
The most common solution for sharing a printer (because of the ease and price) is to connect it to a host computer. Essentially, the host computer “shares” the printer by allowing other computers on the network to print through it over a LAN (local area network) or Internet connection.
PC Parallel Port (Centronics)
Here, each device is fitted with a 36-pin connector, and byte-wide data are sent from the PC to the printer (the peripheral) with handshaking—i.e., both the PC and the peripheral communicate with each other to control data transmission to be at a time suitable for both.
By default, most printers use a dynamic IP address, which changes from time to time. This can make it hard to connect to your printer, especially when you make changes to your network.
No two devices connected to the same wireless network will have the same IP address. It should be different.
In order to use multiple Printers on the same PC you must change the USB serial number identifier of one of the printers so that the computer recognizes the printers as separate devices.
You will need to use the printer cable that your printer supports. So if your printer uses serial ports, you will need a serial cable. If your computer supports USB, a USB printer cable is a way to go. Almost all printers today support the USB standard and use USB printer cables.
For printers, it usually means Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or both.
File and Printer Sharing is an operating system feature on your Mac® computer where all the computers in your network can communicate to a computer or send print jobs to a printer. All your computers should be part of the main network for file and printer sharing to work properly.
Click on “Wi-Fi network” in the taskbar. Select the network you`re connected to. Click on “Properties.” Scroll down to the bottom of the window — your IP will be shown next to “IPv4 address.”
On the taskbar, select the Search icon, type Printers in the search bar, and then select Printers & scanners from the search results to open the Printers & scanners system setting. Next to Add a printer or scanner, select Add device.
Open Control Panel. Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet. Click Change advanced sharing settings in Network and Sharing Center. Click Turn off file and printer sharing, and click Save changes.
MODEM stands for modulator-demodulator. A modem is used for transmitting and receiving data over a communication channel, such as twisted-pair telephone lines, coaxial cables, and optical fibers.
You can print from another computer on the network using the port on a print server. The machine does not need to be connected to the network when printing. To use a Windows print server, specify the printer share settings on the print server, and then install the printer driver to the machine.