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You Will Need
- A printer
- Ethernet cables
- A wireless router
- A print server card or wireless print server
- A compatibility program (optional)
Choose between a network printer, a network capable printer, and a printer with a USB port.
Connect network printer
Connect a network printer using the ethernet network jack to a router with an ethernet cable.
Connect network-capable printer
Connect a network-capable printer by installing a print server card in the expansion slot. This card adds an ethernet jack to the printer. Connect the printer to the router with the ethernet cable.
Connect USB printer
Connect a printer with only a USB jack to a wireless print server using a USB cable. The router detects the printer server, and each computer connected on the wireless network can access the printer.
Connect to one computer
Connect a printer to one of the computers via USB if you don't want to buy a network printer or print server. Open Printers and Scanners in Control Panel, right-click on the printer, select Sharing, and check Share printer.
Install print driver
Install the print driver for the printer on every computer that will be accessing the printer.