A network printer is a hardware device that is connected directly to the network. A network printer transfers data directly over the network to the output device. The printer or network connection hardware has its own system name and IP address.
Network printers often have software support provided by the printer vendor. If your printer has printer vendor supplied software, then use the printer vendor software. If the network printer vendor does not provide software support, Sun supplied software is available. This software provides generic support for network attached printers, but is not capable of providing full access to all possible printer capabilities.
For step-by-step instructions on setting up a network printer, see Chapter 4, Setting Up Printers (Tasks).