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Don't lug your printer around your home or office — network your printer so that all of your computers can access it.

Step 1: Choose printer
Choose between a network printer, a network capable printer, and a printer with a USB port.

Step 2: Connect network printer
Connect a network printer using the ethernet network jack to a router with an ethernet cable.

Step 3: Connect network-capable printer
Connect a network-capable printer by installing a print server card in the expansion slot. This card adds an ethernet jack to the printer. Connect the printer to the router with the ethernet cable.

Step 4: Connect USB printer
Connect a printer with only a USB jack to a wireless print server using a USB cable. The router detects the printer server, and each computer connected on the wireless network can access the printer.

Step 5: Connect to one computer
Connect a printer to one of the computers via USB if you don't want to buy a network printer or print server. Open Printers and Scanners in Control Panel, right-click on the printer, select Sharing, and check Share printer.

To connect a PC to a printer that is also connected to a Mac, download a compatibility program such as Mac's Bonjour.

Step 6: Install print driver
Install the print driver for the printer on every computer that will be accessing the printer.

Did You Know?
In 2004, nearly 3.2 million copier and printer cartridges were sent to Xerox for recycling.

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