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Installing a Network Printer RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a printer that is installed on my network.  All the network computers can view this printer, but evidently it has not been made part of my WHS because when I remotely access "/printers" there is no printer listed.

    What do I need to do to make the printer part of WHS?  It has an IP address that is assigned.

    Thanks.

    Steve
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 3:47 PM

Answers

  • You will need to install Windows Server 2003 drivers for your printer on your server. If your printer came with a CD of drivers, it's likely that the Windows Server 2003 driver will be included, and can be installed from there. If not, you will need to download from the Brother web site.

    After that, I assume you're already familiar with how to configure a printer for Internet printing? If not, you should read this Microsoft support article. Please be aware that this is not a supported use of Windows Home Server. I see no reason why you would have a problem configuring this (IIS is installed to support WHS functionality), but you do so at your own risk.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:41 PM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    If you want WHS to see the printer, it will have to still be installed.
    The Add Printer Wizard will walk you through adding a network printer, as long as you have it's IP address.
    However, WHS never designed to be used as a desktop computer, so shouldn't ever need to see a printer, unless it's acting as a Print Server, which your setup indicates isn't the method you are using.


    Colin





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    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:01 PM
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  • Hi,

    Well how should I make this work best.  The printer (A brother network printer) is connected to the router with an ethernet cable with its own IP address.  Its not attached directly to the server computer.  This printer does essentially provide printer server capability I think.

    PS:  The function I am trying to get is remote internet printing through my static IP adddress.

    Thanks


    Steve
    • Edited by SDormanMKE Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:07 PM
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:05 PM
  • Steve,

    It depends on the printer, but I run an HP network printer, connected directly to a switch/router, and it came with it's own setup for IP printing.

    It would be worthwhile going to the Brother site and then selecting the Brother Solutions Center from that page, and checking what options Brother offer, as the remote method depends on the printer manufacturer.

    Colin





    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:17 PM
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  • You will need to install Windows Server 2003 drivers for your printer on your server. If your printer came with a CD of drivers, it's likely that the Windows Server 2003 driver will be included, and can be installed from there. If not, you will need to download from the Brother web site.

    After that, I assume you're already familiar with how to configure a printer for Internet printing? If not, you should read this Microsoft support article. Please be aware that this is not a supported use of Windows Home Server. I see no reason why you would have a problem configuring this (IIS is installed to support WHS functionality), but you do so at your own risk.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:41 PM
    Moderator