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How do I add network printer?
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The Major

Joined: 10 Nov 2005
Posts: 47
Location: UK

PostPosted: Thu 10 Nov 2005, 05:17    Post subject:  How do I add network printer?  

I'm new to Puppy. I'm using it on an old PC, and it's transformed it. I have one question though concerning adding a network printer.

I use a wireless network at home and I have used LinNeighbourhood to connect to my other machine that runs Windows 2000 Professional. I can mount the shared drives and share files. I can also see the Epson Stylus Photo 750 printer (which is shared in Windows), but how do I add it as a network printer to my Puppy PC?

I can't simply mount it, so what do I need to do? I am not a Linux expert.

many thanks
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Nov 2005, 09:26    Post subject:  

Do a search of this forum, I think some people were working on networked printing.
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rarsa


Joined: 29 May 2005
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Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Thu 10 Nov 2005, 12:34    Post subject:  

How is your printer connected to the network?

Is it connected to another computer? What computer?

Is it connected directly to the network? through a router?

Depending on the answer to those questions there are several options:

If you can see your printer model on the Puppy printer wizard, then read all this thread: http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?t=2801&highlight=network+pdq.

If you cannot see the model, you may be able to use CUPS: http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?p=17448#17448

In my case, I print to a remote printer connected to a Fedora 3 box. I did not even need to install drivers, CUPS finds the networked printer and uses it.
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The Major

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Nov 2005, 04:29    Post subject:  

Thanks Rarsa. Having found and read your network printing epic tale, I feel very humble.

I am running Puppy through a Belkin wireless router to a Windows 2000 Professional PC with a Epson Stylus Photo 750 printer attached (parallel port).

When I go to localhost to add my printer, it asks me to indicate the Device e.g. http, ipp etc. If I choose http or ipp it asks me for the Device URI. What do I choose here? It gives the following examples:

file:/path/to/filename.prn
http://hostname:631/ipp/
http://hostname:631/ipp/port1
ipp://hostname/ipp/
ipp://hostname/ipp/port1
lpd://hostname/queue
socket://hostname
socket://hostname:9100

Many thanks in advance.
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netjess


Joined: 17 Feb 2006
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Location: Oklahoma, USA

PostPosted: Fri 17 Feb 2006, 10:59    Post subject: Go on the papers Puppy! (aka: Printing.)  

Anyone who would like to know more you may get some direction from here:
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Printing-HOWTO/
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/210/1/ (this is a basic synopsis of how printing works in linux.)

My experience is that linux works most like System V Unix and I would think we could acheive a thin solution using LPR and Ghostscript. Remember though that the broader support you try to acheive the larger the package becomes. What we all like about puppy is the small size. That is going to require some comprimise to maintain.
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