One of the fundamental reasons for networking is to be able to share printers among workstations. Network printers are expensive and draw extensively on electrical resources; however, a single user is likely to require a printer only intermittently. By sharing the printer among many users, considerable savings in cost and energy are achieved. In this chapter, we cover the devices and management of network printers and take a look at fax modems.
Before starting this chapter, you might find it helpful to review Lesson 1: Introduction to Network Operating Systems, in Chapter 4.