|Intel® NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 Print Servers|
|Spooling with NetBIOS Configuration, Microsoft Windows* for Workgroups 3.11|
NetPort® Manager Configuration
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups v3.11 Configuration
NetPort® Manager Configuration
- If using the internal model of the NetportExpress PRO print server, install the card in the printer. Plug the network cable into a known good network drop and then power on the printer.
- If using the external model, plug your NetportExpress PRO print server into a known good network drop. Plug in the power cable and the printer.
- Use the diagnostics button on the NetportExpress print server to verify communications between the NetportExpress print server, the printer and the network.
NOTE: The diagnostics page will only print to printers attached to LPT1 at this time. This option may be changed within the NetPort Manager software. On a network which does not include a NetWare* file server, the frame type will display as an Unknown type. This does not indicate a problem; frame types are not used in NetBIOS networks.
- Install the NetPort Manager software if you have not already done so. You must use NetPort Manager v4.x to configure any of the NetportExpress PRO print server models. The workstation or server you install the software onto must have NetBEUI installed.
- Install the NetPort Manager program. The NetportExpress print server will be displayed in the left column. Highlight the NetportExpress print server which needs to be configured and then press the Configure Hardware button.
- Assign an alias name if you would like to. The alias name is a name to use instead of the PRxxxxxx identifier. This is not necessarily the name of the printer your users will select when they print from their workstations.
- Use the lower half of the screen to set appropriate hardware settings for each printer. Set the centronics speeds as outlined below. Do not enable bi-directional communications unless the printer is capable of using this setting.
- For any dot matrix parallel printers, for laser printers at or below the level of an HP III, and for color printers and inkjet printers, select the Low speed setting.
- For most other printers, select the Medium speed setting.
- For high speed printers, select the High speed setting.
- For any dot matrix printers, be sure there is no check mark in the Autolinefeed box. This will prevent the printer from double line-feeding your text.
- If you will be attaching a serial printer to your NetportExpress print server, make any necessary changes to the Serial Port settings area. Each serial setting must exactly match the settings on the printer.
- Press the Save button.
- Press the Configure Print Services button. Select Microsoft Windows* for Workgroups.
- Select the Domain in which you want the NetportExpress print server configured. Click on the Use Defaults button to select the default share names or, if you prefer, enter your own share names for each port. You must put a unique share name on each port, regardless of whether you will have a printing device attached to any particular port. If you are using the internal model, assign a share name to port 1 and then click the Use Defaults button. Even though the LPT2 and COM1 ports do not exist, the software will not accept blank entries.
NOTE: The share names entered here will not necessarily be the shares to which your users send print jobs. The next steps walk you through creating a shared printer on your Windows for Workgroups computer.
- Press the Save button to exit the Configure Microsoft Windows* for Workgroups Print Server screen.
- Press the Close button to exit the Configure Print Services screen.
- Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the NetportExpress print server to save the configuration.
- Use the Status button from the Main Menu of the NetPort Manager software to verify the information you have configured is correct.
NOTE: The status screen will always display several hardware settings as "Not configured." This is normal; these are other possible ways in which the print server may be configured. Your status screen may also display NetBIOS: Running. This is also normal.
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups v3.11 Configuration You will need to follow these steps for each printing device installed on the NetportExpress PRO print server (external models only).
- Select a Windows for Workgroups computer that you wish to use as a print server to hold all of the jobs sent to the NetportExpress print server.
- You will need to modify your WIN.INI file. At the selected computer, exit Windows completely.
- At the DOS prompt, change to the \WINDOWS directory (type cd \windows and press Enter).
- Make a backup of your WIN.INI file by copying it to another file, such as WIN.BAK (type copy win.ini win.bak and press Enter).
- Edit the WIN.INI file (type edit win.ini and press Enter).
- The WIN.INI port has several sections, each starting with an entry in brackets. Find the [Ports] section. Under the [Ports] section, find the line that says LPT1:=
- Create a new line under the LPT1:= line. On the new line, type \\NETPORT\SHARE:= where NETPORT is the name or alias of the NetportExpress print server, and SHARE is the name of the shared printer port which you have entered in the NetPort manager setup screen.
- Save the WIN.INI file. Make sure the NetportExpress print server has power and is plugged into the network, then start Windows again.
- In the main program group;
- Open the control panel and double-click on the 'printers' icon.
- Select the 'Add' button.
- Select the printer which is to be used on the NetportExpress print server from the 'List of Printers',
and then select the 'Install' button. The printer will be automatically added to LPT1.
- Again, select the 'Install' button. If Windows asks if you wish to use the current port or select a new port, select the 'new' button. The printer attached to the NetportExpress print server has now been added as a local port in Windows.
- Close the 'Printers' program.
In the main program group;
- Double-click on the 'Print Manager' icon to open the print manager.
- From the 'Printer' menu, select the 'Share Printer As...' option.
- In the drop down list on the 'Printer' line, select the newly created local printer (the new local printer will be something like 'HP LaserJet IIISI on \\PR012345\SHARE').
- In the 'Share As' area, type a name that will be meaningful to those on the network who will be using this printer. When the printer is addressed on the network, this is the name by which it will be known. Select OK.
The NetportExpress print server's printer port is now set up for print job spooling on the Windows for Workgroups workstation.
The printer(s) connected to the NetportExpress print server is now addressed by the share name on the Windows for Workgroups station where the local printer is set up. If the Windows for Workgroups station has the name PSERVER, and the share name on the Windows for Workgroups workstation was called LASERJET, all network workstations that can communicate with the Windows for Workgroups workstation will be able to print to \\PSERVER\LASERJET. Within your network workstations, you will see a new shared printer on the configured Windows for Workgroups workstation. Connecting with this printer will allow you to print to the NetportExpress print server, with the benefit of having the jobs spooled by the Windows for Workgroups workstation.
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Solution ID: CS-015308|
Date Created: 31-Aug-2004
Last Modified: 28-Mar-2010