My boss wants to add a receipt printer to the computer in the front and run it to the kitchen. The printer he got is a pbm p-822D. It has an Ethernet connection on the back of it. We want to connect it through the Ethernet because the computer is not connected to any network and USB ports are all used up. How do I
My boss wants to add a receipt printer to the computer in the front and run it to the kitchen. The printer he got is a pbm p-822D. It has an Ethernet connection on the back of it. We want to connect it through the Ethernet because the computer is not connected to any network and USB ports are all used up. How do I go about setting this up to the computer? I don t much more than how to add a regular printer and stuff but there is so many different ports and I don t know what to connect it to. The computer is a Windows xp 32 bit version.
Thank you in advanced
john: Well you are going to need an Ethernet connection to the PC and the Printer. So that means a small switch and a couple of cables.
Then you likely need to connect to the printer via USB and use that to set up it's network port.
Manually assign it an IP address like 192.168.1.2 and subnet of 255.255.255.0
Then you manually set up the computer to have a network address of 192.168.1.1 / subnet of 255.255.255.0
The other numbers don't matter because you aren't connecting to anything else.
Now when you connect the 2 devices to the switch they can see each other across your little mini network.
Re-install the printer as a network printer with the network address you assigned it and you can print to it.
The network card will come up as "connected, local access only" for obvious reasons.
If this doesn't make sense, then you are in over your head, and hire a friendly local computer geek to make it work.
Now if you add another PC or printer, just give it 192.168.1.3 etc and all the machines will be able to communicate.
Buy a cheap USB hub. The printer doesn't draw any power from the USB, so it can be connected via a cheap hub that also connects another printer or low power device. In hindsight, that would be simpler and cheaper.
Here's what I thought of while reading your question:
Q1: Can wires be safely ran between the PC's location and the printer's kitchen location? Since it's a business, there are Safety Laws you must consider.
Q2: What is the distance between the PC in the "front" and the location in the kitchen where you want this new printer to sit? In other words, what length of wiring would you need to comfortably/safely run a connection between the PC's location and the new printer location?
Q3: Is there a power outlet in the kitchen that the printer can use?
Q4. Does the register/ordering software on the PC list this printer as something it knows how to print to as a 'kitchen' printer?
Based on your answers, I'd suggest one of the following Cabling Methods:
– They make long(ish) USB Printer cables depending on the distance between your PC and the printer. This is the easiest solution if the distance is doable.
– Use a special Ethernet cable called a 'crossover' cable. Manually configure each device with an IP address, say, 192.168.1.200 and 192.168.1.201. Then connect the devices using the crossover cable.
Note: Using this scenario means the PC will never be part of a larger network.
– Buy a small 4 or 5 port switch, use a normal (straight-thru) Ethernet cable from the PC to the switch, and another from the switch to the printer. Again, manually give each device a consecutive IP address.
Note:This scenario allows room for other network devices to be added in the future.
– Or, if you know nothing about manually setting up IP addresses, purchase a home router and connect each device to one of the router's LAN ports. The router will hand each device an IP address and allow them to talk.
Note: This scenario also leaves room for additional network devices in the future.
best way: connect it to the router using a cable. give it a fixed ip eg 192.168.1.100(up high out of the way of auto ip range). Most LAN connected printers allow Multiple Direct access of maybe 4 connections without actually installing to a SERVER. so any pc that wants to the USE it, must ADD a local printer, using a TCP IP port at the specified IP. Alternate way. install it to a server pc(where that pc must always be ON for the printer queue) and then enable file and printer sharing, and then SHARE that printer. that will make it VISIBLE to any other pc on the same network(preferably same wrokgroup name too) and you can install it as a NETWORK printer from any other pc.
You would need the computer to connect to the internal network. Then also connect the printer. Install the printer software on the computer.
Will Win XP (no longer supported) have the required drivers for that printer??