Connecting a User PC to a Network Printer

SUBJECT: Connecting a User’s Computer to a Network Printer
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Moderately Easy

Today’s tutorial is connecting a User’s Computer to a Printer that is already on a Network (with IP Address). While creating this tutorial, our user PC was running Windows 7 Professional Operating System and was connecting to a Sharp MX-M700N Printer already on the network.

    Choosing a Different Printer Driver

  1. Click on the Start Orb and Select “Devices and Printers” from the pop-up menu.
  2. Click “Add a Printer” from the Menu Bar The Add Printer pop-up window will open and ask, What type of Printer do you want to install?
  3. Click “Add a local printer”
  4. It will now ask you to choose a printer port. Click “Create a new Port” then select Standard TCP/IP Port from the drop down menu (If there is a drop down menu)
  5. Now, enter the IP Address of the printer. During my installation, it was 192.168.2.200. (NOTE: If you do not know the IP Address of your printer, you should be able to find this using the MENU on the Printer itself and find an option for IP Settings.) When I installed this printer I left the “Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use” checked.
  6. Click Next
  7. Type a NAME for your printer. This can be anything you want… We like to select first names such as Fred or George in our office. Also note that Windows will tell you that the “Printer will be installed with…” and name the driver it found.
  8. Click Next
  9. PRINTER SHARING. I recommend clicking the Do not share this printer radio button. Trust me. 🙂
  10. You’ve successfully added a Printer! If you would like this to be your default printer then, leave the checkbox marked, otherwise, remove the checkmark. Print a test page, or simply click FINISH.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Choosing a Different Printer Driver

IF for some reason, you are unable to print to your newly installed printer or the Printer menu seems incorrect, you may have a DRIVER issue. To select a different driver…

  1. Click the START ORB and Select “Devices and Printers”
  2. Right Click on the printer you want to manage and Select Printer Properties
  3. Click on the Advanced tab
  4. Select your driver from the drop-down menu
  5. Click OK

During our installation of our new printer, we had to change our driver on our SHARP MX-700N from

  • SHARP MX-M700N PCL6 to SHARP MX-M700N PCL6_T1
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