Thursday, June 05, 2008

Install HP LaserJet 1018 printer on Debian systems.
Part III. Sharing with Windows system

Printer sharing is something common now. Because even at home we can have more than one computers, which in the most cases are connected to a local network (LAN). Now, when you've got your HP LJ 1018 be configured and works well on Linux system, it's time to make printer shared by CUPS. CUPS has client/server model, it means we must configure CUPS server on Linux to accept client requests from other machines. It requires you know how to install printer on Windows(R) systems. Trust me, it is not such easy in cases with Vista ;).

Open web interface (http://localhost:631/) to configure the server side. At this web page, choose Administration tab, in Basic Server Settings: tick Share published printers connected to this system, then update by click Change settings. Don't forget to open port 631 in your firewall's setting and check Allowed users setting of the shared printer.

Client side configuration here applies for Windows(R) 2000/XP/Vista. I prefer installing drivers before from the CD with printer. Then just open printer setting in Control Panel, click add printer, choose network printer and adding by yourself. Then type the address of printer, something like this:

where HP is the printer name. After that, install correct driver, etc. That's all. Additionally, you can configure new printer and print the test page. Everything is simple, but you need to be lucky, at least because Windows(R) system are unpredictable :).

Note: when you add new printer to your new purchased Vista box, some strange things can happen. Just ignore them. Restart Vista. Hope printer will be ready.

Read more:
cupsd.conf(5) -- a short man page.


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