There is quite a difference
between a printer that's available on the network and a network printer. To
illustrate here's a diagram of what was status quo last month:
Available On The Network
particular interest is that the old HP710 was connected directly to a client.
If that client went down, all other clients couldn't print whatsoever.
See how the
900N is connected? Directly to the hub, not through any client. Sometimes
referred to as TCP/IP printing, if any client goes down, printing ability
is not sacrificed at any other workstation. Handy? You betcha. And no expensive
server is required.