Now that we have the Buffalo network print server hooked up and configured to operate on our network, we need to set each computer to be able to print to it. After all, that was the whole point of this effort.
In Windows, we use the Add A Printer icon or menu choice to set up the Windows computer to use the printer.
That’s what we’ll use here, too. After we tell the Windows Computer how to connect to the Buffalo network print server, we’ll specify which computer and load its driver if we need to.
The first step is the Add A Printer option.
- In Windows 7, this starts on the Start Menu with the Devices and Printers option. That opens the Devices and Printers dialog box. Near the top, there are two links "Add a device" and "Add a printer."
- In Windows XP, this begins at the Start Menu with either the Control Panel or the Printers and Faxes selections. Select Printers and Faxes. If you don’t have the Printers and Faxes option displayed on the Start Menu, click Contorl Panel, then Printers and Other Hardware, then Printers and Faxes. The left side of the resulting window has common Printer Tasks — click on Add A Printer.
After selecting the Add A Printer link, we get to choose between adding a local printer (connected to this computer) or to add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.
Strangely, the correct choice is to add a local printer, no matter which Windows version you’re running. Once you select the option to add a local printer, your next step is to create a communications port.
In the Add Printer dialog box (Add Printer Wizard in Windows XP), pick the option to Create A New Port. For the type of port, select Standard TCP/IP Port, and click Next. In Windows XP, click Next again.
Now, both Windows XP and Windows 7 will ask for the Printer Name or IP Address and the Port Name. This uses the print server name and port name configured on the print server. If you didn’t make a note of them, go back in to the configuration and check to see what they are.
In my case, I set the print server name to LJ1200 and the port name to P1 (the default). Now, I need to enter the name and port number. Note that Windows will duplicate the Printer Name into the Port Name field. Don’t worry about that. Just erase the Port Name field and enter the Port number / port name that we picked — P1 in my case.
The next step is similar in the Windows versions — pick Generic Network Card as the Device Type and print Next.
That will give you the standard Windows "Install the printer driver" dialog box. Pick the manufacturer and then the printer model, and click next.
If you have already installed a driver for this printer, you’ll get an option to keep the existing driver or replace it. Take your pick.
Now, you get to Name The Printer. This is the name that will show up in your list of printers in the Printers and Faxes list. It’s also the name that will show in the Print dialog box in your programs. Indicate if you want the printer to be your default.
Decide whether to share the printer or not. Hint: The answer should be "Do not share this printer" since it’s connected to the network.
Print a test page, and you should be finished. Assuming the test page printed all right (mine did), the printer should be fully operational now.