Spam:*****, Re: Jaunty: How to install a USB printer?
guethling at googlemail.com
Wed May 6 15:38:47 BST 2009
On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 8:48 AM, Lindsay Mathieson
<lindsay.mathieson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 6 May 2009 10:32:57 pm Sascha Güthling wrote:
>> The printer is connected to my router and my computer obviously is
>> connected to that via TCP/IP.
> Well not necessarily obviously - it could be connected via a different
> protocol such as netbios or cifs or via a higher layer such as lpr or ipp.
> The poitn I'm trying to make is that network connections are for resources
> accessed via a server on the network, e.g. a printer shared out via cifs
> (samba) or LPD.
> A printer connected directly to your PC via TCP - usually a RAW connection
> on port 9100, is regarded as local. The difference is that there is no
> mediating server.
That probably makes sense for people that work with the internals or
network everyday. But the normal user, and I think the *buntu family
is addressed to these users expects a printer that is connected
physically to the computer to be a local printer and a printer that is
somehow further away from the computer to be a network printer. At
least I do and I was not alone.
In my case it makes sense after what you said, since my printer is
connected to my router which runs a little print server that listens
on port 9100. I still would expect my printer under network printers,
since the printer address is different from my computers address.
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