When a Windows 7 computer is attached to a network where there are multiple printers of same vendor and make, administrators can configure printer pooling to load balance the usage of the printers. With help of printer pooling feature documents are automatically redirected to the next available printer if the first printer is busy in printing other documents. The limitation, however, with printer pooling feature is that all the printers which are to be pooled need to be from the same vendor and model. As an administrator you can enable printer pooling by following the steps given below:
- Log on to the computer with administrator account.
- Click on Start button.
- From the start menu go to Devices and Printers.
- From the opened window right click on the icon of the printer on which you want to enable pooling and from the menu click on Printer Properties.
- On the Properties page go to Ports tab and check Enable printer pooling checkbox.
- Once done, from the ports list check the checkbox representing the port on which second printer is installed and click on Apply button to allow the computer to update new settings. Both the printers will then be mapped to a single port.
- Click on Ok button to accept and confirm your selection and close the Window.
You need to follow the above process for all the printers on which you want to enable printer pooling.
Printer pooling can only be enabled when there are two or more printers attached to the network and are of same make and model.