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Speeding up printing to network shared printer


When printing to a printer that is connected to a remote computer in your LAN delayed printing can occur. It can take a very long time from starting print job on your computer to label actually leaving printer on the other side of the network. The network infrastructure (cabling and network equipment) is usually not the problem here. You should change the approach you are using when connecting to network shared printers.

There are two methods used in using network shared printers. The first one is to use the printer driver directly from the computer that is sharing its printer. This method is the most intuitive one as Windows automatically installs the drivers from remote computer, when you double-click the network shared printer. Unfortunately it is also the slowest one.


What you should do to speed up your network printing is to install the printer driver for network shared printer on your own computer.

Do the following:

  1. Act as the printer is connected to your computer on parallel port LPT1 and install the driver locally. Open Printers from Settings on Start Menu and select Add Printes.
  2. When printer driver is successfully installed open the Properties page in the printer driver and go to Details tab.
  3. Here you should change the port the printer is using from LPT1: to local port.
  4. Click Add Port button, select Local port and and type in the network path to the printer (i.e. \\server_name\shared_printer_name).

The same procedure can be used for real network printers, connected directly to your LAN, that are not shared on a remote computer, but have their own network interface.

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