How to Connect a Printer to a Stand-Alone PC via Ethernet

By Kirk Bennet

If you have a printer in your office and it's connected to the network, anyone can use it. To ensure only you have access to the printer, you can connect it to your PC by using the same Ethernet cable that you used to connect the device to the router or switch. Windows 7 makes it easy to add a printer because it automatically installs the appropriate drivers. Configuring the operating system to use the printer is straightforward, so you can print your first page in just a few minutes.

Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your printer and the other end into a free Ethernet port on your PC.

Click "Start | Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Add a printer | Add a local printer."

Click "Next" to use the default LPT1 port.

Select your printer's manufacturer in the Manufacturer section and the model in the Printers section. If you have a CD with the correct drivers, insert it into your computer, click "Have Disk," select the drive, then click "OK" and "Next."

Type a name for the printer in the Printer Name box and click "Next" to install its drivers.

Click the "Do not share" radio button if you don't want to share the printer on the network. If you want to share it, type a name in the "Share name" box, the location of the printer in the "Location" box and a short description in the "Comment" box. Click "Next."

Click the "Print a test page" button to test the printer by printing the default Windows test page, or click "Finish" to finish the printer installation.