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LPR Network Printing - Using the Vigor's USB Port with a Printer

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The Vigor's printer port enables you to share a compatible printer between all of your Windows and Apple computers without needing a specific computer to act as 'print server'. Any DrayTek router with a USB port is capable of operating as a print server.

You should be able to print to most regular printers, but multi-function devices such as those with fax or scanner facilities will only have printing functionality available, this is because the Windows LPR facility supports printing only. Bi-directional utilities, for example those which report 'paper out' may not operate correctly.


The router will auto detect printers that are connected to the router's USB ports and make the printer available for LPR printing usage. No further setup is required once the router has detected the printer.

The detection status is shown in [Online Status] > [Physical Connection]:

Newer products such as the Vigor 2860 can display detection information and printer status in [USB Application] > [USB Status], in this example, a local device is printing the Windows Printer Test Page:

LPR Printer Setup with Windows 10 and 8.x

To add a printer in Windows 10 or Windows 8.x, go to the Windows Control Panel and click View devices and printers:

In the Devices and Printers window, click Add Printer to start the Printer Wizard:


Step1: Select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings.


Step2: Select Create a new port and choose Standard TCP/IP Port.


Step3: Select Device Type as TCP/IP Device and enter the IP address of your router.

That is 192.168.1.1 if it's on the default IP address, otherwise the IP address or hostname of the DrayTek Vigor router with the printer connected.

The Port name is used to identify the port, this can be set to any name.

Untick the "Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use" option.

 


Step4: Wait while Windows tries to detect the TCP/IP printer, this can take 2-3 minutes. This will fail but that's not a problem, the settings are configured in the next step.


Step5: Select Custom and click Settings


Step6: Change the protocol to LPR and enter the Queue name as p1 (that's a lower case 'p' and the number '1') as shown.

Click OK to continue.


Step7: Now install the printer drivers as normal, by selecting the printer from the list of known printers, or by adding your own printer driver using the driver disk/CD supplied by the printer's manufactuter, in which case, click 'have disk'.


Step8: Once the drivers have installed, the display name of the printer can be specified.


Step9: Once the printer has been configured, it should be possible to print a test page and use the printer as normal.

 


The printer should be visible in the Devices and Printers Control Panel:


 

LPR Printer Setup with Windows 7 and Windows Vista


Vista step 1

Step1: Select Add a local printer, this option can be found in the Devices and Printers control panel.


Vista step 2 Step2: Select Create a new port and choose Standard TCP/IP Port.



Vista step 3 Step3: Select Device Type as TCP/IP Device and enter the IP address of your router. That is 192.168.1.1 if it's on the default IP address, otherwise the IP address or hostname of the DrayTek Vigor router with the printer connected.

The Port name is used to identify the port, this can be set to any name.

Untick the "Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use" option.

 



Vista step 4 Step4: Wait while Windows tries to detect the TCP/IP printer, this can take 2-3 minutes. This will fail but that's not a problem, the settings are configured in the next step.


Vista step 5Step5: Select Custom and click Settings


Vista step 6 Step6: Change the protocol to LPR and enter the Queue name as p1 (that's a lower case 'p' and the number '1') as shown.

Click OK to continue.


Vista step 7Step7: Now install the printer drivers as normal. Generally you do this using the driver disk/CD supplied by the printer's manufactuter, in which case, click 'have disk'.

Once installed, the printer will be available in Windows and should be able to print with no other setting changes.


 

Configuring LPR for Apple's Mac OS X and macOS Computers

Before setting up the LPR printing interface, it is recommended to download and install Mac OS printer drivers from your printer manufacturer.

To set up the LPR printing on an Apple Mac OS X computer, go to the System Preferences in Finder:

In the System Preferences, open the Printers & Scanners section:In the Printers & Scanners section, click the + to add a new printer:

Click the IP tab of the printer setup window:In the IP printer setup section, configure the following settings:

Address Set this to the IP address or host name of the router
Protocol Line Printer Daemon - LPD
Queue This needs to be set to "p1"
Name This is the display name for the printer, this can be set to the name of the printer to identify it
Location This is a display location, it can be left blank

Click Use to select the printer driver that will be used.


 

Select the printer model that is connected to the router.


 

With the printer selected and all other settings entered, click the Add button:
Select any additional settings that the printer driver specifies then click OK:

The printer will then show as an available printer and should be able to print:

 

Using the Vigor's printer port from Linux

Linux is not officially supported for printing facilities, however it may be possible to access the printer port LPR facility by configuring CUPS using the parameter: lpd://192.168.1.1/p1.


 

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