Installing a network printer
- From: Peter Bradley <p.bradley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2008 15:55:42 +0100
Sorry if this is a bit of a naive question.
I have a Brother HL-1270N printer that I'd like to set up as a network printer. I had it set up years ago when I had a wired network, but when I got rid of the other machines on the network, I plugged it into the back of my desktop machine and it's been like that ever since.
Now, however, The desktop is plugged into a wireless hub (which acts as a DHCP server, I think) and my wife and I both have laptops that use the wireless network to connect to the Web and so on. Anyway, it just seemed to me to make sense to network the printer again. The only problem is that I've no idea how to start. I certainly don't remember the old IP address that printer used to have (and which it presumably still thinks it has).
I went to the SUSE 'Manage Printing' pages, but just got asked loads of questions that I have no idea how to answer - like what sort of device is it (AppSocket/Internet Printing Protocol (http)/Internet Printing Protocol (ipp) and some others) and what's the device URI? The answer to both those questions is, I'm afraid, "Huh?"
There doesn't seem to be any way to just search for a printer, that I could find, anyway. The search page just told me I had no printers (which I knew anyway, because that's why I was trying to set one up).
The help pages were no help (to me, in my state of ignorance). They just say things like, "Specify the device type" (not a direct quote, BTW) when I've gone to the help because I don't know the device type, hoping to find some way of deciding what type it is.
The "Getting the IP Address" section says:
"Every network printer or print server has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with it. This address is either configured manually or set using an automatic network protocol such as the Boot Protocol (BOOTP), Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), Reverse Address Resolution Protocol (RARP), or ZeroConf.
You can normally find the IP address of a printer on the printer's control panel or by printing the configuration or status page. The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) can also be used to get the IP address remotely, which happens automatically when you visit the CUPS administration web page or choose an available CUPS device when adding a printer."
This printer has no control panel and if I could print the configuration page I wouldn't be in the help looking for how to set up a networked printer. Nothing happened when I went to the administration page.
I googled for a bit but didn't find anything that looked relevant: but it could be just me that didn't recognise relevance when I saw it.
So I'm sure it's me that's both thick and ignorant, but could someone explain in words of one syllable what I do to get the printer recognised and set up - on my SUSE desktop first of all. I guess when I've done that, I'll be able to sort out the laptops much easier, but at this stage I don't even know how to start.
Many thanks, in advance.
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