Monday, January 03, 2005

Add LPR Printer Port First to Avoid Hang

Adding LPR printers in windows is a little kludgy. I found that it was easier to add the printer port first, then add the printer using that port, since the computer hung when trying to setup the printer through straight IP printing. This is probably partly due to the network environment where the printer is only reachable through LPR.

To add the printer port:
Open the Printers and Faxes window
Select File, Server Properties
Select Ports tab
Click Add Port
Select Standard TCP/IP Port and install as usual
After installing the port, you should be back at the Print Server Properties Window
Select the Port and click Configure Port
Under Protocol, select LPR
Enter a Queue name under LPR settings (usually raw)

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