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FreeNAS as a Print Server

March 11th, 2009

Brian Bickerton (Tau_Zero) has written an excellent guide to using FreeNAS as a print server. By default FreeNAS doesn’t come with any printer server software configured on it, but with a bit of effort it can be made to work.

The guide covers:

  • Preparation
  • Connect via SSH
  • Put ulpt.ko In The Right Spot
  • Install LPRng
  • Configure Things to Load on Boot
  • LPRng Configuration: 1 of 3 – printcap
  • LPRng Configuration: 2 of 3 – lpd.perms
  • LPRng Configuration: 3 of 3 – lpd.conf
  • Start Things and Set Permissions When Printer Connects
  • Connecting A Windows PC
  • Connecting with Mac OSX

Brian’s guide is for people using a “full” installation of FreeNAS. For those using the LiveCD there are some complimentary instructions here.

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  1. Beq
    March 12th, 2009 at 13:04 | #1

    Thanks Tau_Zero for writing this and FreeNAS for sharing it with us. This is going to make it possible for me to actually get my printer up & running as a networked printer.

    Totally cool & thanks from the BSD/*nix newb.

  2. March 13th, 2009 at 07:32 | #2

    Glad you liked it, guys. I just updated it with some screenshots of the steps to add the printer on your Windows or OSX computers, as well as a few other images here and there.

  3. November 24th, 2010 at 23:31 | #3

    Hey Tau – thanks for demystifying the print server issue. Sorry if you’ve already answered this, but wondering if boxes (connected to my home network) running Ubuntu Linux will be able to print to a printer setup through freenas? I’d love it if you’d reply a quick note to me if you have a sec to fill me in on this.

    Cheers & Thanks,


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