Sharing a printer on a network allows multiple users to access the same printer without requiring physical connections to each computer. Ubuntu, a widely used Linux distribution, comes with a built-in graphical tool for printer management. This tool is intuitive and makes printer sharing across the network easy and hassle-free.
Printers can be shared over a local network using the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) present in Ubuntu. Once configured, any user within the network, regardless of their operating system, can send print jobs to the shared printer, making it efficient for both home and office environments.
Ubuntu provides a user-friendly interface via its Settings application, where the printer configurations and sharing options can be easily managed. Here, we'll guide you through the process of sharing a printer on your network using this application.
$ sudo ufw allow 631/tcp
Firewall settings are crucial to permit external devices to communicate with the shared printer. Ensure you modify firewall rules with caution.
Once the above steps are completed, users on your network can add and use the shared printer by entering its network address in their printer configuration settings. Ensure that your printer is connected and powered on when attempting to access it remotely.
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