I'm considering purchasing a home network printer but first wanted to verify the prerequisites for configuring the PCs & laptops that are connected to my home network, so that all devices can print to the new printer.
Let's say I have the following setup:
- I have a printer connected directly to my home router with a wired ethernet connection.
- I have several PCs & laptops running a mixture of Windows 7 & 10 connecting to my home router via a mixture of wired & wireless connections.
- Network discovery is turned off by default on all PCs & laptops, with the network location set to the default
I wish to be able to print to the network printer from all PCs & laptops connected to the home router either wired or wirelessly.
From my own experience & research, I anticipate the setup to be as follows:
- Connect printer to home router via wired ethernet connection.
- Print Network Configuration page to obtain printer IP address.
- Log onto home router and reserve printer IP address.
- On each PC or laptop:
- Open Control Panel
- Devices & Printers
- Add Printer
- Add Network Printer
- Add Printer by TCP/IP Address
- Enter reserved printer IP address
- Query printer for appropriate driver
However, I'm unsure whether or not I need to enable Network Discovery for the above to be successful, and if so, I'm unsure of the implications for doing so?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.