How to connect the printer to a computer: methods, instructions
A printer is one of those devices that “accompanies” each computer device, and many users want to know how to properly connect the printer to a computer, considering it difficult to do. Some time ago, this procedure was really not the easiest, but today everything is different. And you yourself can easily cope with this task.
Connecting the printer to a PC: methods, features
Consider three ways in which you can connect the printer to a PC, namely:
1) connection using a USB cable to install a local printer;
2) network connection of the printer at the IP address;
3) connection to a printer installed on another PC.
Connecting a printer via a USB cable
When you unpack and install a printer near the computer device, immediately connect the USB cable to it – the end where the plug looks like a simple USB input that can be inserted into a computer. Connect the other end of the cable to the PC. Then proceed as follows.
1) Go to the “Control Panel” and select the “Devices and Printers” section there. You will see a list of all devices that are connected to your PC.
2) In the bar at the top, click on the line “Add a printer”. A window will open in which you need to select the type of printer that you are connecting. Since in our case this is a USB device, select “Local printer.”
3) Mark the point “Use the following port” and click on the field with the name of the ports available for connection. From the list that opens, select the name “USB001”.
4) The next step is to select a driver for the connected device. In the list with the name “Publisher”, find the name of the manufacturer (for example, Canon), and in the list of “Printers” find the model directly (for example, Canon LBP5960).
If you cannot find the name of your device, you will need to download the driver and install it manually. Download the driver on the official website, then click on the line “Install from disk …”, indicate the path of the downloaded driver and confirm the action by clicking on the “OK” button. Then check the box “Replace an existing (current) driver” and click on the “Next” button. Now do this:
1) Enter the name of your printer, after which it starts installing and setting up.
2) Pay attention to the item “Sharing settings for home PCs”: if you are at home, cancel sharing, if you work in the office, you can open it so that you can later connect to the printer and print to it from multiple PCs.
3) Tick “Use the default printer” and click on the “Finish” button.
If you did everything correctly, then, having looked in the “Device Panel”, you will find your “freshly connected” printer there.
Connecting a network printer
In order to install a network printer connected to the Internet, click on the “Install Printer” button and select “Local Printer”. Only in this case you need to check the “Create a new port” item, and then select its type – “Standart TCP / IP Port”.
You will see two fields: in the first, specify the IP address of the printer, in the second – the name of the port so that it can be identified in the future.
Your further actions will be the same as in the first case, when the connection was made via a USB cable:
1) select the driver (or install it manually),
2) enable (or deny) sharing,
3) mark the printer as primary,
4) close the window by clicking on the “Finish” button.
Connecting to a printer from another PC
It often happens that there are several computers and the user of each of them needs to print. Here are just one printer. What to do in this case? Yes, it’s very simple – connect the printer from another PC over the network and send a job to it to print from any network device. More precisely, the task will first be sent to the PC to which the printer is connected, and already from it to the device.
To print over the network, you must necessarily share the printer with the public. To do this, go to the “Properties” of the printer, go to the “Access” item and check the box for opening access there, indicating the network name (for example, it may be Xerox WC 5010). Click on “Apply” to save the settings.
Next, on all PCs that you want to connect, go to “Devices and Printers” and click on the line “Install Printer”. Again, select “Local Printer” and create a new port – “Local Port”.
A window will open in front of you where you will need to register the full path to the printer, that is, indicate the name of the computer and the network name of the printer. It may look like this: \\ AndreyPB \ Xerox WC 5010. Here, AndreyPB is the name of the PC you want to connect to, and Xerox WC 5010 is the name of the printer (you specified it when sharing it).