Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How to connect a computer running Ubuntu Linux to a printer on a Windows network.

Connecting an Ubuntu machine is remarkably easy:

  1. On the Ubuntu machine go to System > Administration > Printing.
  2. Click on the New button.
  3. The system will search for printers, but not find any.
  4. A new dialogue box pops up.
  5. Click on "Network Printer" and "Windows printer via Samba".
  6. In the box next to smb:// click on the browse button.
  7. A box pops up showing the network.
  8. If it doesn't then you might need to type the network name into the box next to smb://. You can get this information from a machine on the Windows network but the default is often MSHOME.
  9. Double click on the name of the network then on the machine that the printer is connected to. You should then see its name.
  10. Select this printer and follow the on screen instructions to install the driver. Choose the "from database" option first as the drivers for most printers will be available from there.
The procedure is the same for wired or wireless printers and computers on the network.

This information is correct for Ubuntu 9.10