How to make a USB Printer shareable on a Ubuntu Based Host to your whole Network

Today we are looking at how to share a USB printer across your network.  In this blog, we will go through the process step by step and you can use the video for a visual guide.

The process is the same for Ubuntu 18.04.

1) Firstly, you need to install the printer on your computer and make sure that it works properly.  If you have any struggles with that, please look here:

2) Secondly, you will see that you have to enable some sharing options, in your printer server, you can play around with it, but I always just enabled everything.  In Ubuntu 18.04, the same settings are available and to get to it, a person needs to press on the "additional printer settings" and a window will appear and at the top right corner you will see a tab called server, click on it and choose to connect and you will get the window which you will see in the video.

3) After that, we have to install and configure Samba.  Samba is a file-sharing app, you would notice in the video, that I make the printer browsable and do not allow guests without permission to print to it.  You would also notice that I placed a # in front of the few lines of code as it will disable that part of the code.  The reason I want to disable it, is if you have Windows computers on your network, because Windows uses a different printing method that Linux and MacOS and the printer won't print correctly with that code enabled as the two printing methods gets mixed up, disabling that code forces all your computers to use your host computers printing method and everything will work correctly.

Commands Used:
sudo apt-get install samba
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Well, that is basically that!  If you run into any problems or have questions, feel free to contact me!

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