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Chapter 5. Printing > Can't print to an Internet printer

5.1. Can't print to an Internet printer

Windows 2000 adds support for the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), which enables users to print to printers across the Internet or an intranet. Windows 2000 includes built-in support for IPP, enabling Windows 2000 clients to take full advantage of IPP to connect to, manage, and print to remote printers on the Internet. The Windows 2000 Server CD includes a Windows 9x IPP driver located in \Clients\Win9xipp.cli. There is no IPP client available currently for Windows NT.

You should be able to browse to a printer on the Internet, connect to it, install a driver from the server, manage the print queue, etc., all through your web browser. Just connect to http://server/Printers, where serveris the IP address or server name of the server hosting the printer. Figure 5-1 shows an example of a client connected to a server's printer folder. Note that the /Printers folder is the default location, but the server administrator could have changed the folder location. You also can connect directly to the printer's page if you know the URL. It typically takes the form http://server/Printers/PrinterName.


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