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How do I add the printer to my computer from my print server in Windows 8 / 8.1?

To add a printer from the print server to your computer, you need to create a printer port.

Before you create the print server port, make sure that the network configuration is complete for your print server. For more information about how to configure your print server, navigate to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/print_servers_alternate_setup. To confirm that the print server can be pinged from your computer, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=networking#ping-test-windows-mac-os.

To create a printer port, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key.

  2. Click Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers > Add a printer > The printer that I want isn't listed.

  3. Select the Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings check box. 

  4. Click Next.

  5. Select the Create a new port check box.

  6. Change the Type of port to Standard TCP/IP Port.

  7. In the Hostname or IP address field, enter the IP address of the print server.

  8. Click NextNext > Finish.

  9. If prompted to, select a driver from the list or obtain a driver from the manufacturer of the printer.

  10. Click Next until you are asked if you want to print a test page. It is recommended that you send a test page to your printer to make sure that the printer port was created successfully.

After the printer port is created, you can send print jobs to it.