Is it possible to use my NAS as a print server?

Yes, it is possible to use a NAS as a print server.


Using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device as a print server can offer several advantages, such as centralizing print management, reducing the load on individual computers, and providing print services to multiple devices within a network.

Setting up NAS as a Print Server

To utilize your NAS as a print server, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your NAS supports print server functionality. Not all NAS devices have this capability, so make sure to check the specifications or consult the manufacturer's documentation.
  2. Connect your printer to the NAS using a USB or Ethernet cable, depending on the NAS's available ports.
  3. Access the NAS's web-based administration interface. This interface allows you to configure the print server settings.
  4. Within the administration interface, locate the "Print Server" or "Printer Sharing" section. Enable the print server functionality and select the connected printer from the available devices.
  5. Specify any additional print server settings, such as print protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, LPR/LPD), print job management options, or access controls, based on your requirements.
  6. Save and apply the settings. The NAS will then start functioning as a print server.

Benefits of Using NAS as a Print Server

Using a NAS as a print server provides the following advantages:

  • Centralized Management: All printing operations can be managed from a single interface.
  • Shared Printing: Multiple devices in the network can utilize the same printer.
  • Reduced Load on Computers: Print jobs are processed directly by the NAS, offloading the print-related tasks from individual computers.
  • Increased Printing Efficiency: NAS devices often have higher processing power and memory capacity, resulting in faster print spooling and job processing.
  • Print Job Access Control: Print permissions and access controls can be implemented on the NAS to manage who can print and what documents can be printed.


Turning your NAS into a print server can simplify print management and enhance printing efficiency within your network. By leveraging the capabilities of a NAS device, you can streamline printing operations and provide shared printing services to multiple devices.

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