How to Install a Network Printer on a Server

By Bennett Gavrish, an eHow Contributing Writer

If you run a Windows or Mac server that multiple computers connect to, then you can install a network printer on the server computer. Once the printer has been added to the server, the other systems that connect to the server will also be able to print to it over the Internet.

Things You’ll Need:

PC server running Windows 2003 or Mac server running Mac OS X Server
Networked printer

PC Instructions

Make sure the networked printer is turned on and connect to the Internet using an Ethernet cable.

Click “Start” on the server computer and click the “Printers and Faxes” icon.

Click “Add a Printer” on the left side of the window.

Choose “A Network Printer” from the pop-up window, and click “Next.”

Type in the exact location or Internet Protocol (IP) address of the networked printer, and then click “Next.”

Select the printer manufacturer and model from the list of driver options. Click “Finish” to complete the printer installation process.

Mac Instructions

Open “System Preferences” by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

Go to the “Print & Fax” control panel underneath the Hardware heading.

Click on the “+” symbol on the left side of the window.

Go to the “IP” tab at the top of the window and type in the IP address of the network printer.

Choose the correct printer model from the “Print Using” drop-down menu and click “Add” to finish installing the network printer.

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