Network printers are printers connected to print servers that have their own network address or Internet address and can be used by all users. They are powerful printers that can be accessed via a wired local network, via a radio-based WLAN or via the Internet.
Network printers receive their print jobs from the print server, which in turn receives and manages them from the individual workstations. The print server can use various unencrypted printer protocols to forward the print data to the network printer. Network printers are equipped with network cards and can be addressed via the network. They can be serviced remotely from the system administration.
Sharing network printers offers cost and administrative benefits. Costs are reduced because not every workstation is equipped with its own printer, which significantly reduces investment. As for administration and maintenance, this can be centralized by one or a few specialists. This also reduces costs.