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printer A server device that is set up on a network to
route print requests and status information between computers
and printers connected by a network. A typical print server
routes print requests for multiple computers and printers on a
For example, a networked workstation user submits a print
command that includes a print file and information about the
printer to be used, usually a nearby printer for convenience.
The print server sends the print file to the requested
printer. The printer spools the print file and provides job
status. The print server relays the status of the printer
back to the workstation and makes this status information
available to other devices on the network.