Setting up a TCP/IP Printer
In Windows 2000
You need to know at least the IP address of the printer, and its model.
q At some locations, getting the IP address does not require printing a test page. In that case, the model info on the case might be enough.
q To print a test page, go to printer physically and poke through menus to print a test page that shows the network configuration. If there isn't any display on the printer, holding the On-Line or Go button (or some combination of buttons) will sometimes do it, and if there is an external printer box (like and HP JetDirect EX), there may be a button on it you can just press once to generate the page. Power cycling may do it, but may also encourage justifiable wrath from others.
Get the driver
Note the model of the printer, and go to the company's web site and download the PS or PCL driver for Windows 2000, and extract it to a temporary directory if necessary.
q Printer could be restricted to only allow TCP/IP traffic from specific addresses (for example, not from your laptop)
q Printer may not work with "Generic Network Card" (this has to do with port numbers and protocols used to do the actual job control)