Advanced Print Server
ClearOS includes the an advanced printer server for your network. You can use this tool for:
- managing a single printer connected to ClearOS
- creating print queue for printers on your network
If your system does not have this app available, you can install it via the Marketplace.
You can find this feature in the menu system at the following location:
From this app page, you can:
- Start and stop the advanced print server
- Access the link to the web-based advanced print server manager
Once the advanced print server is running, a link to the web-based manager will be shown. Follow the link and login with:
- a user account with the Advanced Print Server option enabled (recommended), or
- the root account
You can find detailed information on how to use this software here.
Adding Printers - Quickstart
To add a printer, you first need to access the print server manager:
- Login to the web-based print server manager
- Click on
Step 1 - Add New Printer
On this step, you configure general settings for the name of the printer:
- Enter a descriptive name, for example: LaserJet
- Enter a location (optional), for example: Room 101
- Enter a description (optional), for example: Black and White LaserJet
Step 2 - Device Selection
A printer can be connected via parallel port, USB, and other means. In fact, you can add remote printers as well.
Step 3 - Device Details
Depending on your selection, you may need to configure more details. In some some cases, you will skip straight to the next step.
Step 4 - Make/Manufacturer
In this step, you can configure the printer drivers for your make and model. If you cannot find your printer listed, you can check the Open Printing Database for driver support. If a driver is available, you will be able to upload it during this step.
After this step, your printer will be active.
To find information on printer compatibility, please visit the Open Printing Database web site. You will find detailed driver information on hundreds of printers.
Integrating with Windows Networks
When you configure a new printer, it will appear as a shared printer on your Windows Network (if Windows Networking is installed). However, you will may need to restart the Windows network service after adding a new printer.