Windows 10: Network printer installation

Discus and support Network printer installation in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have a strange problem with a couple of laptops in a network of some 30 machines. We have recently had a couple of Lexmark networked colour laser... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Computamedic, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Network printer installation


    I have a strange problem with a couple of laptops in a network of some 30 machines. We have recently had a couple of Lexmark networked colour laser printers installed and all machines have successfully had the new printers installed - with the exception of two laptops.


    These two laptops are not normally connected to the company network as they are used primarily at home but in the event of them being in the office it's desirable for them to print to these new printers.


    The correct Windows 10 drivers are installed but the printers show an error state on the PC when anything is attempted to print. Attempting to add a new printer through the "Add New Printer" link, the printers are detected in their correct IP addresses (and they respond to a PING and the printer web page is accessible) but when Windows attempts to interrogate the printer it reports "Device cannot be found". If I manually install the printer on a new TCP/IP port with the correct IP address Windows refuses to talk to it.


    The same problem is seen for any network printer, not just these new Lexmarks.


    Because these laptops are not usually connected to the company network I did wonder if the workgroup name was relevant (they defaulted to WORKGROUP) but changing to the in-house workgroup name appears to make no difference. I've checked the firewalls and sharing options and all look good.


    Both laptops are currently on Windows 10 1803 and I would like to get them on 1903 before too long.


    I'm struggling to understand how Windows 10 can detect the printers at the scan stage of "Add New Printer" but fail to connect at the interrogate stage. The Troubleshooter is of no help at all as it reports it cannot find the problem.


    Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

    :)
     
    Computamedic, Sep 30, 2019
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  2. BobBarr Win User

    networking a printer

    It can be networked through the computer through control panel settings<view installed printers<your printer< share this printer I think is simple way someone else correct me if I'm wrong. Once you do that try connecting on your other comps by adding printer over network.
     
    BobBarr, Sep 30, 2019
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  3. networking a printer

    true ive done it at my courses *Smile Network printer installation :)
    so you just have to connect it to the pc and that one should be connected with the network *Smile Network printer installation :)
     
    DreamSeller, Sep 30, 2019
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  4. KTR
    ktr Win User

    Network printer installation

    printer won't work on network but will over usb

    his printer has a built-in print server.

    What you need to know what ip is being give to the printer. Perhaps you can print a status sheet from the printer.

    Then Go to printers in control panel

    add a new printer

    local printer attached, uncheck automatically detect and install PnP printer

    create a new port, select standard tcp/ip port

    a new window should open and enter the ip there where it says printer name or IP address (port name then should be also be filled as you go)

    and pretty much follow the rest of the steps, you will need to install the printer drivers.


    These steps is the easy, but not the right way.

    The right way is to use the network option on the initial screw and search for the printer server...but that can be tricky to configure.
     
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