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Install a Network Printer in Windows XP / 2000


Install a Network Printer in Windows XP / 2000


In order to install a network printer, you must know your printer's Manufacturer, Model Name, and IP Address.

  • The Manufacturer, Model Name and IP Address can be found in the printer list. An example of the IP Address is 141.161.888.999.

If you can't identify what printer it is your trying to print to, please contact us to assist you.

Setting Up a Network Printer

  1. Click on the Start button, then click Control Panel, then click Printers and Faxes, then click Add Printer.
  2. A new Add Printer Wizard window opens. Click Next to start.
  3. Select Local printer attached to this computer. Make sure Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer is NOTchecked.
  4. Then click Next to continue.
  5. We will create a new port for your network printer. Select Create a new port.
  6. Beside Type of Port, click on the down arrow, then click on Standard TCP/IP Port.
  7. Click Next to continue.
  8. A new Add Printer Port Wizard will open. Click Next to continue.
  9. You must now type your printer's IP Address in the Printer Name or IP Address field.
  10. The Port Name will automatically be filled when you enter the IP Address. Do not change the Port Name.
  11. Click Next to continue.
  12. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, then you will see the screen below. This means that the IP Address for the printer is NOT available on the network. Select the Back button and make sure you entered the correct IP Address. Check to see that your network printer is powered on and displays a 'ready' status.
  13. IF YOU DID NOT HAVE PROBLEMS, Windows XP will scan the network to find your printer's IP Address. This may take a few seconds. Select Finish to continue.
  14. You must now select the printer's manufacturer and model. Windows XP will automatically select the detected manufacturer and printer driver. Normally, you will not have to change this selection.
  15. OPTIONAL: Select the universal driver, if available.
  16. IF your network printer is NOT automatically detected, select the Windows Update button to find the proper software drivers. If your printer is not automatically recognized using Windows Update, please contact us.
  17. You will be prompted to confirm the selected printer driver. Make sure Keep existing driver is selected, then click Next to continue.
  18. You will be prompted to assign the printer a Name. You can use the default name, or add more info to indicate the printer location, such as My Office, Hallway, Foyer, Room 222, etc.
  19. Select Yes if you want to use the printer as the default printer. Click Next to continue.
  20. You will be prompted to share the network printer. Do NOT share the network printer.
  21. Click Next to continue.
  22. You will be prompted to print a test page. Select Yes, then click Next.
  23. Check your network printer to make sure your page printed. Select Yes when prompted to confirm a successful test page.
  24. Click on the Finish button to complete the Add Printer Wizard.