How to install a USB Printer, Windows Computer

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This guide will guide user on how to install a printer on Windows using a compatible USB Printer for the Synology Product.
Please refer to the following list of printers which are noted to be compatible with the Synology product.

When connecting a compatible printer with the Synology product, it will appear in the management menu under [Admin Menu] -> [External Devices] -> [USB Printer].
Please note the Clean button to purge the Spool Space

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Primary Method: Using the Synology Assistant

For systems operating 2.0.1-3.0368 or above

Step 1:

  • Launch the Synology Assistant
  • Select the Synology Server where the printer is installed
  • Select Add Printer
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Step 2:

Proceed by pressing next

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Step 3:

Here, the Add Printer Wizard will display information which was detected

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Step 4:

Proceed by installing the printer driver associated with your printer

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Step 5:

Enter a name for the printer; this will be the name of the printer on the current Windows terminal.

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Step 6:

Here, the Printer Wizard is displaying the final settings of the new printer install

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Step 7:

The Printer Wizard is adding the new printer to your computer

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Step 8:

The Wizard will report installation complete when it has finished installing the software to your computer

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Step 9:

A view of the recently installed printer

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Alternative Methods

Method 1: As a Network Port

Path 1: Via Network Explorer

Step 1:

Begin by browsing to the SynologyServer

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Step 2:

Acknowledge the security warning about installing a new printer.

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Step 3:

Select the driver for the printer

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Step 4:

...Searching...

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Step 5:

When Windows has finished installing the printer, it will display a new window.

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Path 2: From Control Panel

Step 1:

Begin Windows Printer Setup from Control Panel.

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Step 2:

Select Network Printer

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Step 3:

Select Connect to this printer...
Set the Name path to \\synologyserver\usbprinter
Notes:

synologyserver is a variable and is the name of Synology Product
usbprinter is not a variable and must be present in order for Windows to detect the printer.
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Step 4:

Acknowledge the Windows Security warning, and follow the directions to install the printer drivers

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Method 2: As a Local Port

Step 1:

Begin Windows Printer Setup from Control Panel.

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Step 2:

Select Local printer attached to this computer
Note: Make sure that Auto-detect is disabled

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Step 3:

Select Create new port
Make sure that Local Port is selected from the "drop-down" list

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Step 4:

Windows setup will prompt for a port name, enter the path name to the Printer.
Set the Name path to \\synologyserver\usbprinter
Notes:

synologyserver is a variable and is the name of Synology Product
usbprinter is not a variable and must be present in order for Windows to detect the printer.
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Step 5:

Windows may display a security warning, and then begin the driver setup of your printer.


Method 3: As a LPR Port

Step 1:

Begin Windows Printer Setup from Control Panel.

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Step 2:

Select Local printer attached to this computer
Note: Make sure that Auto-detect is disabled

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Step 3:

Select Create new port
Make sure that Standard TCP/IP Port is selected from the "drop-down" list

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Step 4:

Windows will start another wizard, which will aid in the creation of the new TCP/IP Port

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Step 5:

Enter the name of the Synology server which is hosting the USB Printer

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Step 6:

Switch the Device Type to Custom

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Step 7:

Select LPR protocol
Set the queue name to usbprinter
Enable LPR Byte Counting Enabled

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Step 8:

Finish the "TCP/IP Port" Wizard

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Step 9:

Windows will prompt for printer drivers, and you will have the opportunity to test the printer's abilities.

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