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Adding network printers

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Video: Adding network printers

So now we want to go one step further. We want to add a network printer. So, there's a shared printer out there somewhere and we want to bring it on to our computer. Basically, what a shared printer does is it's a printer on another computer and our computer will act as if it's connected to this one, right here. So, we want to add a network printer. We will click the Network Printer button, after clicking the Add a Printer Wizard and Windows is going to search, search, search, search, search, search. If we're lucky and the stars are in alignment, the printer will appear in the list of available printers, we will double-click, follow a couple of OK prompts, and we're good to go.

Adding network printers

So now we want to go one step further. We want to add a network printer. So, there's a shared printer out there somewhere and we want to bring it on to our computer. Basically, what a shared printer does is it's a printer on another computer and our computer will act as if it's connected to this one, right here. So, we want to add a network printer. We will click the Network Printer button, after clicking the Add a Printer Wizard and Windows is going to search, search, search, search, search, search. If we're lucky and the stars are in alignment, the printer will appear in the list of available printers, we will double-click, follow a couple of OK prompts, and we're good to go.

No printers were found. Are we lost? No. This happens quite a bit actually. We are going to click the My printer wasn't listed. And now, we have a couple of options. We can search for it by name, we can browse for the printer, and they all kind of come down to the same thing. Or we can add a printer using a TCP address or host. This is sort of our last resort. Let's see if we can eventually find it by computer. I am just going to click Next, which will allow me to browse for the printer. What it's going to bring up is the Network Windows Explorer window and I know actually that the printer is connected to Ernie.

You can double-click on Erine. Now, here is part of the issue. Ernie needs a password. Am I an authenticated user for Ernie? Oh yeah! Jeff Van West and the password. Now if Ernie had guest access available, that is, didn't require a password for people to log on, I probably would've found the printer directly. That's okay. I can do it because I am an authenticated user on Ernie and there is Office Color Laser. I can double-click and I'd be good to go. Now could I have found that office color laser directly through Network? Network, Ernie, look at that, Office color laser, there it is right there.

If I double-clicked it, I would've connected to Ernie and installed the printer. That's the same thing that would happen here if I chose Select and Office color laser on Ernie, Next, Finish. Either way, I am going to closeout some windows here, I would've ended up at the same place. Office color laser on Ernie would have been installed on my computer and what that tells me is this is a laser printer but it's actually on the network connected to another computer.

This means as long as Ernie is online and has this laser printer connected, I can print through that computer. If Ernie goes offline, I am going to see something different. I am going to see this. Ernie has gone offline and now I can't print to Ernie. If I tried to, it's going to have a problem. Part of the solution to things like this is to have a printer that's not connected to a computer that someone could turn off. It's to have a printer that's actually on the network directly. Let's get rid of Delete Office color laser on Ernie, my default printer changed and let's go hunting for a printer that's actually directly on my network.

We will go back to Add a Printer and Network Printer. Windows is going to look for a printer, but I know it's not going to find it. So, I'm just going go ahead and say it wasn't listed because that's where I am going anyway. This time it's on the network just by itself and so it's not connected to a computer and sometimes you'll be able to find these by browsing but a lot of times to get these printers to work, you have to add them using their TCP/IP address. We talked about that a little earlier with networking. If you want to find the TCP/IP of a printer, usually there is on the physical printer itself connected to your network, there will be some little screen and you can press through it and you'll find either reports or a menu, somewhere there will be a way you can print the configuration page and this page will pop out of the printer.

You'll have a whole bunch of numbers on it and sections like Product Settings and Product Information, Paper Type, you know Memory Installed, and then somewhere will be Network Settings and if you look on the Network Settings, there will be an IP address. Once you have that IP address in your hand, then you can come over here and you want to leave the device on Auto Detect. Hopefully, Vista will communicate directly with the printer and know what kind of printer it is.

You just have to tell Vista where the printer is. This is similar to what we did earlier when we found a network share directly by IP address. So we are going to query the printer automatically, next, contacting printer and keep your fingers crossed. Oh! This is good. Use the driver. It was currently installed. This happens to be the driver that we already had for the printer but it's going to say it's got the right driver.

We're in really good shape if they came up with the right name of the printer. It did. We are going to leave this as our default printer. It's installing it now. We can print a test page just like before and here's a printer. It looks just the same. Notice it doesn't have the little network icon underneath of it. What it has is it's regular icon. As far as our computer's concerned, this printer is connected directly to the computer. It's just that the port that it's plugged into on the computer is kind of a virtual port that goes over our network and goes to the printer and prints.

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Windows Vista Essential Training

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  1. 27m 37s
    1. Welcome
      4m 42s
    2. Vista's top 10
      7m 1s
    3. Some Windows basics
      15m 54s
  2. 48m 56s
    1. Hardware assessment
      6m 49s
    2. Easy Transfer and the File Transfer wizard
      7m 14s
    3. Installing Windows Vista
      5m 50s
    4. Dealing with drivers
      14m 50s
    5. Running older software in Vista
      9m 59s
    6. Installing software in Vista
      4m 14s
  3. 2h 32m
    1. The Welcome Center
      5m 42s
    2. The Aero desktop
      15m 49s
    3. The new Start menu
      20m 32s
    4. The taskbar
      21m 26s
    5. Gadgets and Sidebar
      15m 55s
    6. The Recycle Bin
      8m 12s
    7. Tweaking visuals for speed and pleasure
      17m 48s
    8. Restoring old Windows items
      8m 15s
    9. Desktop power tips
      15m 59s
    10. Using voice recognition
      14m 38s
    11. Voice recognition options
      8m 26s
  4. 1h 32m
    1. Navigating folders in Vista
      15m 38s
    2. The user folder concept
      6m 25s
    3. Filtering, sorting, and grouping
      8m 14s
    4. Indexed searching
      14m 41s
    5. Setting folder preferences
      16m 7s
    6. Burning to CD/DVD
      13m 4s
    7. The Send To commands
      7m 44s
    8. Windows Explorer tips and tricks
      10m 28s
  5. 1h 41m
    1. The IE 7 tour
      16m 2s
    2. Favorites and History
      8m 45s
    3. RSS
      5m 16s
    4. IE security
      15m 12s
    5. Customizing IE 7
      13m 30s
    6. Windows Mail
      12m 21s
    7. Windows Contacts
      11m 9s
    8. Windows Calendar
      18m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Windows Media Player 11
      16m 43s
    2. Photo Gallery basics
      15m 28s
    3. Photo Gallery advanced
      12m 4s
    4. Movie Maker
      13m 5s
    5. The Snipping tool
      4m 23s
    6. Games
      3m 26s
  7. 30m 25s
    1. Control Panel home
      5m 39s
    2. System control
      7m 45s
    3. Volume controls
      4m 21s
    4. The new "Add and Remove Programs" feature
      3m 53s
    5. Default programs and AutoPlay
      8m 47s
  8. 28m 34s
    1. Mobility Center
      3m 13s
    2. Projection and Presentation modes
      4m 15s
    3. Power options
      10m 26s
    4. The Sync Center and offline files
      10m 40s
  9. 51m 39s
    1. Connecting to a network: The Network and Sharing Center
      10m 21s
    2. Wireless networking
      7m 37s
    3. Creating and finding shares
      11m 19s
    4. Networking troubleshooting
      11m 44s
    5. Remote Desktop
      3m 48s
    6. Windows Meeting Space
      6m 50s
  10. 1h 5m
    1. Security Center and Windows Firewall
      7m 1s
    2. Windows updates
      7m 37s
    3. Windows Defender
      8m 18s
    4. User access control: Standard vs. Admin accounts
      12m 2s
    5. More on accounts
      7m 0s
    6. Password management
      5m 0s
    7. Parental controls
      12m 27s
    8. File and hard drive encryption
      6m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Adding local printers
      6m 55s
    2. Adding network printers
      5m 36s
    3. Troubleshooting printers
      2m 40s
    4. Cool printing tips
      7m 31s
    5. XPS and PDFs in Vista
      3m 0s
  12. 39m 30s
    1. Using Help files
      3m 33s
    2. Backup files and drives
      9m 2s
    3. File and full disk restore
      8m 31s
    4. System restore points
      4m 34s
    5. Crashes and hangs
      10m 19s
    6. When Vista won't even boot
      3m 31s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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