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Canon LaserBase MF5730 questions on network setup and Linux support



I have been asked to configure the Canon LaserBase MF5730 printer in a community center where several people will be accessing it from different computers. Please let me make sure that I understand a few things correctly and ask some follow up questions.

1) If the printer is connected to a router and there is no print server, the drivers must be installed on every computer that will be accessing the printer separately?

2) If there is a print server, the drivers are installed on the print server and other computers are connecting to the print server using a standard driver built in the operating system?

3) Could the print server run Linux? I have much more experience with Linux administration than with Windows. I understand that the CARPS printers were historically considered WinPrinters, but I found a seemingly functional Linux driver here: Can I use that for the print server?

Thank you very much




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1. Yes, without a print server each computer needs the driver installed for each printer.

2. The print driver(s) are installed on the print server, and the server is set to share the printer(s).

3. The print server can be a Linux machine, as long as there are Linux drivers for the printers you have.