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Setting up a PrintServer using LPR or TCP/IP printing on Windows XP

The Line Printer Remote (LPR) is a printer protocol that uses Transfer Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) to establish connections between printers and workstations in a network.  To set up TCP/IP in Windows XP, you need to perform three steps.  Click on the following links for instructions:

i.       Connecting Devices Together
ii.      Assigning Static IP Address on a PrintServer
iii.     Configuring TCP/IP Printing (LPR Setup) in Windows XP

Configuring TCP/IP Printing (LPR Setup) in Windows XP

NOTE:  Make sure the printer drivers are installed on all computers that you wish to connect to the PrintServer.

Step 1:
Click Start > Printers and Faxes.  Then, click Add Printer.  

Step 2:
Click Next when the Add Printer Wizard window appears.

Step 3:
Select Local printer attached to this computer and then uncheck Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer.  Click Next

Step 4:
Select Create a new port and select Standard TCP/IP Port from the drop-down menu under Type of port.  Then, click Next.

Step 5:
When the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard window appears, enter the PrintServer IP address in the Printer Name or IP Address field.  Click Next afterwards.

NOTE:  In this example, we used “” as the PrintServer IP address.  The Port Name field automatically takes the same IP address entered in the Printer Name or IP Address field.  Make sure the first three octets of the IP Address are in range with the computer's IP Address.  For more instructions on how to check your computer's IP Address, click here.

Step 6:
Select Custom, then click Settings.

Step 7:
Select LPR under Protocol and enter L1, L2, or L3 (depending on what parallel port the printer is connected to) in the Queue Name field.  Click OK.

      •    L1 = Parallel Port# 1
      •    L2 = Parallel Port# 2
      •    L3 = Parallel Port# 3

NOTE:  In the image below, L1 is used as an example.

Step 8:
Click Next > Finish.  Then, click Close.

Step 9:
Install the printer driver by selecting the appropriate manufacturer and model of your printer.  Refer to your printer manual and documentation for instructions.

Step 10:
Select Do not share this printer then click Next.


Step 11:
Print a test page and click Finish.  

NOTE:  Repeat steps 1-11 on all the computers that you wish to connect to the PrintServer.

Related Article:

Setting up LPR Printing on Windows 7

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