Network Printer in the LAN

They want to print on the home network – via LAN. The tip shows how to connect a printer with an Ethernet port.

All speak about WLAN. The cable-bound path is the most reliable way to control a printer or a multifunction device in the network. The prerequisite is that your printer has an Ethernet interface. You can find out how to proceed during installation and how to react to problems.

Connecting to the Router: printers and multifunction devices with Ethernet port can be connected directly to the router and used as a network printer. You will need an Ethernet network cable that is not included with the output devices. You need to purchase it extra. Before you connect the printer and the router, check some settings on the router. Simply open the menu interface of your router software .

Because the printer on the network requires an address, the DHCP server (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) must be enabled on the router. For Fritzbox 7270, for example, you can find the addressing under “Home network> Network> Network settings> IPv4 addresses”. Here you define the range from which the router should assign the addresses. Now connect the printer to the router via Ethernet cable. Since the printer is normally DHCP ex factory activated, it is now assigned an IP. Some printer manufacturers assign a fixed IP address. You can check this via the control panel under “Network settings” and have a report printed with the IP address.

Setting up the printer on the network: The output device is now hanging in the network and has its own IP address. Nevertheless, the various computers in the network can not access it yet. First, it must be set up and released on the computer connected to the router. To do so, insert the printer driver CD into the drive or download the corresponding drivers from the manufacturer’s website to the PC. Under “Devices and Printers”, click on “Add printer”. Then select “Add a local printer” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Decisive is the choice of the connection. Select “Set up a new port” and “Default TCP / IP port”. Then click “Next” to start the installation wizard for network connections. Now insert the printer’s IP address, or the IP address assigned by the manufacturer. In another window, the “Completing the Wizard” prompt appears, confirming by clicking “Finish”. Now install the driver package from the manufacturer using the CD or downloaded files.

Sharing printers: To ensure that all users have access to the printer on the network, you need to release the device. To do so, right-click “Printers and Printers” on the printer icon to open the “Print Properties”. Enter a printer name under the “Release” sheet and confirm with “OK”. The other members of the network then add the printer as described above. However, each user chooses “network printer” this time. He either enters the printer name, or clicks “Search for printer”. Then he can also locate it by IP address. If the user has found the printer and selected, the printer driver is installed on his computer using the usual routine and can then be used in the network.

Common problems: If the printer has no display to assign a fixed IP address above, go to the command prompt on the computer on which the router is connected and enter “cmd”. Now you are in the DOS box. To assign a fixed IP address, use the following command line:


And confirm with “Enter”. ARP stands for Address Resolution Protocol – a table in which all IP addresses are stored. Use “arp -a” to check your current settings; the command “arp -d” can be used to delete the input.

To verify that the printer is correctly addressed to the network using its fixed IP address, type the command again in the DOS box on. In the positive case, you receive a confirmation message and an indication of the response time.

If something has gone wrong, the ping command fails. So you know that something with the IP address is not correct and can modify it accordingly.