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Windows 7: Printer Sharing Issue within a Work Network

28 Jun 2010   #11
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aarbarr View Post
I will see what I can do. I have to run it by the owner who has boughten about 4 of these machines for the office so he could just deal with one type of ink rather then 5 different types
I understand, but if you are sharing 1 printer with 3 or 4 computers, then 4 x 4 is 16 computers plus the price of the 4 printers. If there is money to buy all that there should be money to connect it correctly to keep everyone productive. In the end it will save money for the entire business. If you have staff wasting time rebooting or they cannot print for hours and hours while you are troubleshooting then no-one is winning and everyone is non-productive which equals time and money. Convince them this is the best way to go a little money now for productivity and less down time later. -WS


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28 Jun 2010   #12
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aarbarr View Post
I will see what I can do. I have to run it by the owner who has boughten about 4 of these machines for the office so he could just deal with one type of ink rather then 5 different types
I wouldn't give up on a PC running a printer server but a dedicated printer server is always better because it eliminates any problems caused by firmware. If you are looking to buy a printer server I would whole hartedly recomend a device such as Apple's Airport Express which is very versatile and has cross platform support.

It also utilises Apple Talk which in my expierience at least is much more reliable than methods used by standard Windows PCs.

When buying printers in future, ensure that it supports Ethernet printing, I believe Epson are the best at this kind of thing but there may be better.

Oli
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28 Jun 2010   #13
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I agree, USB printers are inherently unreliable to say the least, nothing but problems with them. I have a feeling it's a security or authentication setting but haven't figured out which one yet. Maybe messing around in the "Local security policy's will help.

About the only way to do this for the time being is in the link below. I know the Op already saw this procedure. Also be sure that printer spooling isn't on.

XP to 7 Printer sharing
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28 Jun 2010   #14
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aarbarr View Post
I will see what I can do. I have to run it by the owner who has boughten about 4 of these machines for the office so he could just deal with one type of ink rather then 5 different types
I wouldn't give up on a PC running a printer server but a dedicated printer server is always better because it eliminates any problems caused by firmware. If you are looking to buy a printer server I would whole hartedly recomend a device such as Apple's Airport Express which is very versatile and has cross platform support.

It also utilises Apple Talk which in my expierience at least is much more reliable than methods used by standard Windows PCs.

When buying printers in future, ensure that it supports Ethernet printing, I believe Epson are the best at this kind of thing but there may be better.

Oli
I have not tried the Apple Print Server, so I cannot speak to how well it works, but I would not recommend AppleTalk on a PC network. AppleTalk is very very "Talkitive" and will create a lot of traffic on the network (more talk makes a less efficient network). The best way is with TCP/IP. It is native to the Windows Machines and works well.

If you are looking for network printers Epson, Dell and HP all make great network printers. All of them work about the same now-a-days. -WS
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28 Jun 2010   #15
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I agree, USB printers are inherently unreliable to say the least, nothing but problems with them. I have a feeling it's a security or authentication setting but haven't figured out which one yet. Maybe messing around in the "Local security policy's will help.
+1 I agree, I have since given up on this because it just does not work well. Once we started using networking everywhere all our problems went away.

If someone does figure this out I really hope they will post a solution here.
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29 Jun 2010   #16
aarbarr

 
 

Thanks for everyones input. It is very much appreciated and totally agree with you all about getting a IP Ethernet based printer set up vs USB. However there is also office politics here at work as well which I am sure you all experince where you all work. I am hoping that a solution can be figured out so at least I can keep things up and running until I can get everything through the owner. Currently becuase of the economy here in Texas and people not paying their bills on time, our funds are limited so I am trying to do the best I can with what I got. Which sometimes is not easy to say the least.

I am also amazed that Windows 7 has such a hard time getting the USB to work properly. XP seems to have no issues with it as far as I can tell. Then again I am only managing around 14 PC's on the network and I am sure that larger networks might have some issues that I am not aware of.

I will continue to try and find a work around solution and if any of you hear of anything please let me know. Anyhelp in getting this figured out is greatly appreciated and thank you all for your feedback and response. Now for some coffee and then back to the IT Grind .
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