Making Raspberry pi as print server will help you in making your printer wireless.
What you need ?
USB wireless dongle.
I am assuming that you have already setup raspberry pi with suitable OS. Make sure that is is updated to latest version. To do so follow the following commands.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Configuring the Raspberry Pi
Step1: Make sure the the printer is detected by Pi
To check all USB devices attached, use the following command
Step 2: Install open source file sharing tool, Samba
sudo apt-get install samba
Follow the instructions
Step 3: Next its time to install CUPS ( Common Unix Printing System)
sudo apt-get install cups
CUPS provides drivers for your printer.
Step 4: Add default user to the printer admin group
sudo usermod –a –G lpadmin p
Adding Printer to Raspberry Pi
Boot Raspberry pi and launch the browser. Go to 127.0.0.1:631 and switch to administration tab. Select Add new printer and then select your printer from the displayed list. Proceed to the next screen, selecting the correct device from the list. In the following screen, confirm the details and assign a name, then check Share This Printer and click Continue.
Click Add Printer, then Set Default Options. A few moments later the printer will be ready to start accepting jobs. To ensure it is working, click Maintenance and select Print Test Page.
Now you need to make sure that the access from your Windows/Mac to Raspberry Pi is enabled so that you can start printing.
To do this open the samba config file from /etc/samba/smb.conf and add following lines
# CUPS printing. See also the cupsaddsmb(8) manpage in the # cupsys-client package. printing = cups printcap name = cups [printers] comment = All Printers browseable = no path = /var/spool/samba printable = yes guest ok = yes read only = yes create mask = 0700 # Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable # printer drivers [print$] comment = Printer Drivers path = /usr/share/cups/drivers browseable = yes read only = yes guest ok = no
Next, press CTRL + W to search for “workgroup” and setup as follows (replacing your_workgroup_name as required):
workgroup = your_workgroup_name wins support = yes
Once you save the confing restart samba using following command:
sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart
Now move to you windows PC and add new printer.
Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers > Advanced printer setup and wait for the system to scan.
You are now done!