network printer : Java Glossary
- network printer
A shared printer is one locally attached to a computer and other remote machines can
use it by going through that server machine. A network printer attaches directly to
the LAN (Local Area Network). It acts like a small computer/printer combination.
The configuration of a network printer is more complicated since it has no keyboard
and screen and does not run under Windows and thus must be configured remotely. But
the advantage is it can handle high volumes without dragging down some server
computer relaying information to a local printer. Network printers are typically high
end PostScript colour lasers.