To connect the printer to the computer up to the network and to share. The easiest way, but has a significant drawback: if the computer to which our printer is connected, does not work, then the other computers to print through it will not. And if your PC still broken, you'll have to reconfigure and reinstall the driver, who by that time may already be lost.
To connect the printer through the print server to the network. In this case, the printer only needs to configure once. He will be seen in print server as a separate node. Each computer will print regardless.
If the network printer has a built-in print server, you can configure the same as number two. Just need to configure the printer itself and not a separate device.
We assume that the printer to one PC is already connected. The operating system will consider Windows XP. Start sharing. First go to "control Panel" and there under "Printers and faxes" click RMB on the icon of the installed printer. Select from the dropdown menu the item "Properties". Now switch to the tab "Access" and press the button "Shared printer access". Give the printer a name and click OK. On the icon of the printer you should see the icon holding hands. This means that the printer setup was successful.
Now connect the printer on the other PC and configure it. In the "Printers and faxes" we need to run the wizard printer connections and give the master the corresponding instruction to install the printer.
Next, select browse for a printer system search will produce itself. If the desired network printer system was not found, connect it manually. In the printer name we need to enter is: \\Computer_name\Printer_Name (the first is computer name, second – name of the printer). You can specify the computer's IP instead of its name. Next driver will be installed, and the wizard will complete the installation by recommending the print test (test) page.
In the case of connection through a print server actions are performed are the same, just the wizard we need to select the last item and enter the path to the printer. Complete with a network printer or print server can go to a special additional programs that are also available.