Configuring Remote Printers with systemconfigprinters

You can also use system-config-printer to set up a remote printer on Linux, Unix, or Windows networks. Access system-config-printers by choosing System | Administration | Printing. When you add a new printer or edit a printer settings, the New Printer/Select Connection dialog will list possible remote connection types (Figure 29-7). When you select a remote connection entry, a panel will be displayed, where you can enter configuration information. For a remote Linux or UNIX printer, select either Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), which is used for newer systems, or LPD/LPR Host or Printer, which is used for older systems. Both panels display entries for the Host Name and the Printer Name. For the Host Name, enter the hostname for the system that controls the printer. For the Printer Name, enter the device name on that host for the printer. The LPD/LPR dialog also has a Probe button for detecting the printer.

A Windows Printer Via Samba is a printer located on a Windows network. You need to specify the Windows server (hostname or IP address), the name of the share, the name of the printer's workgroup, and the username and password if required. The format of the printer SMB URL is shown on the SMP Printer panel. The SMB URL is the hostname and

Figure 29-7 Windows printer connection configuration

printer name in the SMB URL format, //workgroup/server/printername. The Workgroup is the workgroup name for the Windows network. The Server is the computer where the printer is located. The Username and Password can be for the printer resource itself or for access by a particular user. The panel will display a field at the top where you can enter the share host and printer name as an SMB URL.

Instead of typing in the URL, you can click the Browse button to open an SMB Browser window, where you can select the printer from a list of Windows hosts on your network (see Figure 29-8). For example, if your Windows network is WORKGROUP, the entry WORKGROUP will be shown, which you can then expand to list all the Windows hosts on that network (if your network is MSHOME, then that will be listed). When you make your selection, the corresponding URL will show up in the smb:// box on the New Printer window.

Figure 29-8

Selecting a remote printer

If you are using the Firestarter firewall, be sure to turn it off before browsing a Windows workgroup for a printer, unless it's already configured to allow Samba access.

Also on the panel, you can enter any needed Samba authentication, if required, such as username or password. Check Authentication Required to allow you to enter the Samba username and password.

You will still need the Linux drivers for that Windows printer. Click the Forward button to start the New Printer wizard, first selecting the manufacturer and then the model on the following screen. Then enter a name and location for the printer. Once you finish the wizard, the new printer will appear as an installed printer in system-config-printers.

To access an SMB-shared remote printer, you need to install Samba and have the Server Message Block services enabled using the smb and nmb daemons. The Samba service will be enabled by default. The service is enabled by checking the Windows Folders entry in the Gnome Services tool (System | Administration | Services). Printer sharing must, in turn, be enabled on the Windows network.

Continue reading here: Configuring Remote Printers Manually

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