FreeNAS as a Print Server

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FreeNAS is an excellent network storage solution simple enough for anyone to install. The system and space requirements are ridiculously small for this stripped-down version of FreeBSD. It’s got all manner of features accessible through it’s clean web GUI, more than most will ever need. It even lets you stream media to game consoles!

Despite it’s impressive built in abilities, there was one thing that I wanted it to do besides act as a great NAS, and that was to be a print server so I could share my HP Deskjet 6540 USB printer among my Windows and Mac OSX boxes. Easier said than done. After hours of playing around with CUPS and a few broken installs later, I saw the light.

On the FreeNAS forums, user sgrizzi created a thread on how to make it work with LPR, using the LPRng package, for a LiveCD based setup. It was EXTREMELY helpful, and he/she should get most of the credit, but the thread really needs to be condensed and clarified to be a useful guide. That is exactly what this Instructable is for, as well as modifying it for a standard full install of FreeNAS.”

This guide explains how to set this up.

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