I need help sharing a printer using my desktop as print-srv

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Vindicated, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Vindicated

    Vindicated Network Guru Member

    I'm about to give up, hopefully you guys can offer your suggestions. First let me tell you what I have, then I'll explain what I've done and what I'm trying to do.

    I have an IBM Thinkpad T43, less then week old. It has a built-in wireless chip, I'm not sure which one, but the laptop says it's centrino based. Then I have a desktop that I built myself. I installed a Linksys PCI Wireless G adapter card into the desktop. The router is a WRT54G v2.2 (original firmware). I installed using Linksys' easy setup utility.

    Neither pc is wired to the router, the desktop and laptop are both connected wirelessly. I have cable high-speed internet (using a Motorola 5100 surfboard modem provided by my ISP - Adelphia).

    After the setup, both computers can connect to the internet just fine. My problem is I can't share my printer that's connected to the desktop (via USB). The printer is a Epson RX620, its just a regular all in one printer, no network ready support or built-in wireless. I want to use my desktop as a print server (it runs 24-7 anyway). I did a good search and all the guides say it's as easy as enabling printer sharing on the desktop, and installing the printer on network printers. When I click install printer, then browse to my wireless network I can't find anything.

    I checked my workgroup name, and both machines' names are the same. I can't think what the problem might be. Do you guys know of any trouble shooting guides or can you offer your own input? I also can't seem to share files, but I can live with that, I just need to share the printer.
  2. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    can all of your computer can access the internet? if yes definitely thier is no problem with the router.
    just check on some settings on your opearting system... or try disable some firewalls on the pc... or if still the same try contacting microsoft... if still the same the best way is to buy a printserver...
  3. Vindicated

    Vindicated Network Guru Member

    Success! Actually the problem turned out to be even simplier then I imagined. I found some really good trouble-shooting tips at PCStats.com; I remembered to enable printer sharing in my printer properties (Start > Control Panel > Printer & fax > Epson 620 > Right-Click Properties), however what I forgot to set was Easy Printer Sharing (My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > Easy Printer Sharing checkbox) and to enable guest account (Right-Click My Computer > Manage > Local Users and Groups > Users > Guest > Right-Click Properties: unclick 'Account is disable'). Those two things which are off by default in Windows XP Professonal, preventing me from be able to share my printer.

    As a side benifit, it also fixed my problem of sharing my files and folders too. It was weird too because I double checked everything I could think of, including disabling XP's built-in firewall.

    My only question now is (which mind you is completly unrelated to my original post): if everything is working fine and I don't need any extra features, is there any benifit to using a third-party firmware? Specifically range or signal improvements?
  4. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    if ever your device is working fine... you dont have to do a firmware upgrade on the router... If you have a major problem with your router thats the time you need to upgrade and reset the router...
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