I have a Buffalo LinkStation LS210D NAS connected to my router which serves several Windows-10 PCs on my home network. The manual for this LinkStation model advertises the ability to make a printer connected to its USB port available to network-connected PCs. For the record, I’m running Windows-10 Home 19043.1288 from 6/30/2021 and trying to connect an old HP Deskjet D4200 printer. The Buffalo Knowledge Base provides setup instructions here.
When using Windows Explorer to browse to
\\192.168.1.202, in addition to displaying my NAS shares, a network printer device named
lp is displayed as depicted in step 7 of the KB article. Windows properties for that icon display
Computer type: Windows NT 4.9 Server. But, right-click Connect for that device fails as predicted in step 8 of the KB article -- though the connection failure alert displays an
Add Printer title rather than the
Connect to printer title shown in the KB article.
Microsoft appears to have modified Windows somewhat since the KB article was prepared, because the illustrations shown in the article for Windows’
Add printer dialog no longer match the actual Windows-10 UI. Step 12 directs selection of an existing port and shows several ports named with UNC-like syntax such as
\\Support-LS420D\lp (Client Side Rendering Provider). On my PC, no such existing ports are displayed in the list of existing ports. My research (citation long since lost) indicates that Windows-10 now provides Client Side Rendering Support by default.
A conversation with Buffalo tech support recommended that I instead select
Create a new port to create the necessary port. When I do that and then select
Local Port, Windows displays a
Port Name dialog directing
Enter a port name. When I enter the UNC formatted port name
\\192.168.1.202\lp (using the IP of my LinkStation), Windows responds
Local Port – the parameter is incorrect.
If I select
LPR port rather than
Local port and enter the UNC same for
Name or address of server providing lpd, Windows responds with
The server name you specified could not be resolved. Yes, I have the Windows
LPD Print service and
LPR Print monitor features enabled.
These responses indicate to me that Windows is trying but failing to create an appropriate port. I could find nothing that might give insight into which parameter might be incorrect or how/where to provide a correct parameter or how to allow Windows to resolve the specified UNC address.
Buffalo tech support likewise had no further suggestions, saying only that I must have some “device compatibility issue” and further saying that this printer support feature has been discontinued on current LinkStation models.
I’d love to be able to use this feature if only I could get it configured properly. I don’t know if this is a Windows issue or a Linux issue. I don't even know which tags I should add to this post for maximum visibility. Can anyone offer any suggestions as to how I might pursue this?