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5. Network Printing Annoyances > INSTALLING REMOTE (NETWORK) PRINTERS

INSTALLING REMOTE (NETWORK) PRINTERS

USING THE ADD PRINTER WIZARD

The Annoyance:

I wanted to install a remote printer on my Windows XP computer. In the Printers and Faxes folder, I chose Add Printer. I clicked Next in the Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard window, and immediately became confused. The wizard window explains how to choose between a local or network printer, but the explanation doesn’t make sense. I assumed I was just not technically astute enough to understand the real meaning of the message, so I followed the instructions. I never found the network printer. Am I crazy, or is the text wrong?

The Fix:

You’re sane. The text (seen at the bottom of the dialog box in Figure 5-3) is misleading—OK, it’s just wrong. In fact, the instructions are backward; inside out. You use a local port when you’ve installed a hardware device called a print server because it creates a port on the computer for the print server. When you want to install a printer connected to a remote computer, you don’t use the “Local printer” option.


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