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sharing printer?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by joeschmo88, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. joeschmo88

    joeschmo88 LI Guru Member

    hi...i just started a network with a desktop and laptop, and i want to share a printer in my network. here is my setup:

    -linksys WRT54G wireless router
    -desktop connected to router and printer
    -laptop connected to nothing and i havent installed my printer on it (is it required for me to install it?)

    i want to be able to just hit print from my laptop and then it would print on the printer connected to my desktop. how do i do this?
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    unless the printer is a Network printer ie it has a Ethernet port on it, and it only has a USB cable there are two ways. either plug the printer into your laptop when required, or keep it plugged into your PC but allow it to be a shared printer on the PC. then installed the printer software (as a shared printer) on your laptop.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You have to have file and printer sharing enabled on the PC in addition.
  4. joeschmo88

    joeschmo88 LI Guru Member

    my printer is connected to the desktop by USB, but there are ethernet ports in the printer...but i dont want to deal with more wires, theres enough around me right now. do i HAVE to install the printer software on the laptop?
  5. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    You don't have to install any software on the laptop. Just enable printer sharing on the desktop, and only the necessary drivers will be transferred when you add it as a Network Printer on the laptop.
  6. joeschmo88

    joeschmo88 LI Guru Member

    how do i enable printer sharing?
  7. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    i'd say get rid of the usb cable and use the Cat5 from the printer to the router. Depending on the make of the printer lets say HP, when you go through the install process theres an option of "through network" then it will scan and find the printer (make sure firewalls arent blocking this). It will be much more reliable than sharing the printer, and if you need to print the desktop does not need to be on to do so.

    Right click "my network places" --> properties
    right click "local area connection" --> properties
    File and print sharing are in this list along with TCP/IP, make sure its checked, if its not in here goto add and add it.

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