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TCP/IP Printing (Windows)
This article explains how to setup TCP/IP Printing on Windows.
Before you can send documents to a printer for the first time, you may need to add it to your list of printers.
This document assumes that you already know the IP address of the printer you would like to add. If you need to find or set the IP address of the printer, please consult the manual for your printer.
This document also assumes that you have administrative privileges. If you are not the administrator of your computer, you will need to talk to a member of your support staff.
Adding a Network Printer
- Go to Start > Devices and Printers > Add a printer
- Choose a Local or Network Printer: Select Local Printer
- Select a Printer Port: Select Create a new port and choose Standard TCP/IP Port in the drop-down menu. Then click Next.
- Add Port: Enter the name or IP address of the printer you want to add. That information will automatically be entered as the port name. You can also choose an alternate port name. Press Next.
- Install Printer Software: Select the manufacturer and model of your printer to install the correct drivers. If necessary, you can click Windows Update to update the list of choices. You can also insert the installation disk that came with your printer and install the drivers from that. Click Next.
- Name Printer: Enter a name for the printer. Select whether or not you would like this to be your default printer. Press Next.
- Printer Sharing: For security reasons, we recommend against printer sharing unless absolutely necessary. It is better to configure the other machines to access the printer directly. Click Next.
- Set as default printer and/or Print Test Page: Select whether or not you would like to set the printer as the default or if you want to print a test page. Then click Finish.
- Note: If you need to change your default printer at anytime, you can do that simply by going to Start > Printers and Faxes. Right-click on the printer you would like to make the default and select Set as Default Printer.