Add a standard TCP/IP port

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To add a standard TCP/IP port

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. Double-click Add Printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.

  3. Click Local printer attached to this computer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.

  4. Click Create a new port, and then click Standard TCP/IP Port.

  5. Click Next to run the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.

  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • Most network printers support the TCP/IP protocol. The standard TCP/IP port simplifies connecting to remote printers using the TCP/IP protocol. A computer that acts as a print server must run the TCP/IP protocol in order to print.

  • To connect to a print server running NetWare, you need to install Client Services for NetWare.

  • You can also add ports using the Print Server Properties dialog box. For more information, click Related Topics.

  • For print servers that need to communicate with host computers (such as UNIX or VAX computers), it is best to install an LPR port. For more information, click Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Add a port
Add an LPR port
Print from an LPR client to a printer