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Manually Add A Network Printer

Page history last edited by Geof Duncan 10 years, 7 months ago


To manually a working printer to your LAPTOP you need two (2) pieces of information:

  • The IP  Address of the Printer Itself
  • The Printer Driver

Obtaining these two pieces of info is relatively simple.


To obtain the IP Address of the Printer

1. Go to the printer you want to add... Press the Green Check (SELECT) button on the printer.

2. Use (UP button) or (DOWN button) to scroll to INFORMATION, and then press (SELECT button).

3. Use (UP button) or (DOWN button) to scroll to PRINT CONFIGURATION, and then press (SELECT button).

4. Look at the second page that is printed for the JetDirect or TCP/IP information. The numbers will look like


To obtain the driver for the printer

1. Note the type of printer you are trying to install. (Look at the top of the Configuration Page if you need to)

2. Download the drivers from


Also on the Shared drive (S:\Staff\Technology\Drivers) 

3. You'll need to unzip this file somewhere you can find it again... try your desktop. 


Run the Add Printer Wizard in Windows XP

1. Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes

2. Click on Add Printer

3. Choose Local printer attached to this computer. Uncheck the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer box.

4. Click Next

5. Choose to Create a New Port: Drop down the menu for Type of port: to Standard TCP/IP Port.


6. Click Next

7. This will open the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.

8. Click Next 

9. Enter the Printer IP Address from the Configuration page in the Printer Name or IP Address box. The Port Name box should be filled in for you automatically with IP_ and the IP Address.

10. Click Next

11. Click the Have Disk button when asked to Install Printer Software.

12. Browse to the folder where you unzipped the driver earlier.

13. Choose the .inf file that is contained in that folder. There should be only one... :)

14. I HIGHLY recommend renaming your printer to something like RM2619_HP4200 so that you can pick out WHICH LaserJet 4200 you're printing to.

You don't HAVE to print a Test Page, but, it's not a bad idea to make sure it works. :)


15. The files should copy, and you'll have to wait a while, but, you're done from here!!

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