TLWIR 50: A Case Study on Line Printing from GNU/Linux to a Wifi Printer

by Rex Djere on December 27, 2012


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The Final Step: Adding the Printer in GNU/Linux
The final step is the easiest step. You will add an LPR printer, as shown in Figure 5. You will enter the IP address that you reserved for the printer, and the printer’s network name. Once done, your printer should show up as one of the installed printers on your GNU/Linux machine, as shown in Figure 6. NOTE: I did have a problem the first time I added the printer. I kept getting an error message in CUPS saying that it could not connect to the printer. I was able to connect to the printer after I turned it off, and turned it back on. If you encounter this problem, you may have to uninstall the printer, and try installing it again. Before you try installing the second time, turn the printer off, leave it of for a few seconds, and then turn it back on. Since I got it successfully installed, I have never again had a problem. I have printed several hundred pages without incident.

Figure 5: Adding the Printer in GNU/Linux (Fedora 17)

Figure 6: Printer Successfully Added


Open standards have made it easier for GNU/Linux to support a wider range of devices. The LPR/LPD protocol makes it more likely that you will be able to print to your WiFi printer from GNU/Linux. Thank you for reading TLWIR 50!

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