File / Printer Sharing

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by dezmaas, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. dezmaas

    dezmaas LI Guru Member


    I am a complete newbie to networking so take it easy on me! :)

    I have a PC with Windows XP Prof and a laptop with Vista Home Premium.

    I am using a Linksys WRT54GL to share the Internet connection to the laptop and PC. PC (wired) / Laptop (wireless, can also be wired)

    How can I set things up so I can share files between the PC and the laptop and also print on the printer which is connected to the PC?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Firstly "File and Printer Sharing on Microsoft Networks" needs to be enabled on the LAN/ Wireless device properties.

    On the PC you need to setup the printer as a Shared Printer. on the laptop you need to install the drivers for the printer, and set the printer as a "network" printer.

    as for files and folder sharing you need to share either a file or folder on the PC or laptop for the other PC to see it. make sure you are both using the same WORKGROUP name as well.

    here are some links that may help you.
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Here are additional links to sharing files and printers.

    File sharing

    Printer sharing

    Note it is not necessary to have the computers under the same workgroup.
  4. dezmaas

    dezmaas LI Guru Member

    Hi guys,

    I got it working. Thanks a lot!!
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