Step 3 - configuring your computers, Overview, Printing methods – NetComm Fast Ethernet Mini Print Server NP3640 User Manual

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NP3640 Fast Ethernet Mini Print Server

Step 3 - Configuring your Computers

This Section details the client configuration required on LAN computers to use the printer
attached to the Print Server.


Before performing client configuration, the Print Server must be installed on your LAN, and
configured as described in the previous section. Both the Print Server and the attached printer
must be powered ON.

Printing Methods

The Print Server supports a number of printing methods:

Peer-to-peer Printing means that the print jobs are stored (queued) on your computer, and
sent directly to the Print Server when it is available.

Windows SMB printing is a Microsoft standard for using a "Network Printer". No
additional software needs to be installed on your Windows computer, and printing from MS-
DOS programs is supported. However, because the Print Server can not store files, large
print jobs may cause problems.

Server-based Print Queue means that all print jobs are stored (queued) on the Network
Server (e.g. Windows NT/2000) and then sent to the Print Server . This allows the Network
Administrator to modify the Print Queue. For example, an important job can be moved to
the head of the queue.

AppleTalk is also supported, and normally no configuration of the Print Server is required.
See the Macintosh section for details of client configuration.

Which printing method should I use?

If using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, or XP, the easiest method to use is Peer-to-peer

If using Windows, and you need to print from MS-DOS programs, or you don't wish to
install additional software, use SMB.

SMB is not suitable for large, complex documents. If you need to print large documents, as
well as MS-DOS printing, you should install BOTH Peer-to-peer Printing and SMB
printing. MS-DOS programs can use the SMB printer, Windows programs should use Peer-
to-peer Printing.

If your LAN has Network Servers (e.g. Windows NT, Windows 2000 Server) use the
method advised by your Network Administrator. The Print Server can print via a queue
located on a Network server, if desired.

Unix users - refer to the Unix Manual on the CD-ROM, in the Manual/Unix directory of the

Macintosh users - refer to the Macintosh section of the User Guide on the CD-ROM.