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    Networking a printer

    I have a printer connected to my main computer, however, the household also has two laptops now that need to connect to the printers.

    I have looked on google but things sound a bit complicated so I wondered if anyone could give me a simple, broken down view of how I may be able to connect the two laptops up to use the printers.

    Thanks

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    What operating software are the two laptops running?

    ie: VISTA or XP

    Original Poster

    Two laptops have Vista, main computer has XP

    Ok and the laptops are wireless and connect through a router that is connected to your pc?

    If you are running XP or Vista open the Windows Help and search for "Sharing Printer" or "Share Printer". If should give you instructions there on how to share your printer.

    Once it is set up, if you leave it connected to YOUR PC then YOUR PC needs to be on for either of the other laptops to print to it.

    Some Routers come with a "printer port" built in, see if yours has one.

    Some printers come "network ready" (so they have a network card built in). If you have a router in your house and you have a "network ready" printer then you can connect it to the router.

    That way everyone can use it, even if the other PCs or laptops on the notwork are switched off.

    Original Poster

    susie123;2359307

    Ok and the laptops are wireless and connect through a router that is … Ok and the laptops are wireless and connect through a router that is connected to your pc?


    Got it in one, the PC is connected using ethernet cable to the router

    i know youve google
    but in case ypou missed. this is a step-by step guide to do it
    pcstats.com/art…596

    You can also buy a gizmo that will turn you printer into a network printer.
    My brain hasn't woken up yet, I think they are called printer network adaptors. Use Google to help you here.
    :-D

    delboytrotter;2359319

    Got it in one, the PC is connected using ethernet cable to the router



    Easy then. On the two laptops go to START, NETWORK
    on the top toolbar you should see ADD PRINTER
    Then ADD A NETWORK, WIRELESS, BLUETOOTH PRINTER
    windows will seach and you should see the printer listed just click on your printer.

    However your PC will need to be on if wanting to print not sure how to work around that

    Original Poster

    susie123;2359338

    Easy then. On the two laptops go to START, NETWORKon the top toolbar you … Easy then. On the two laptops go to START, NETWORKon the top toolbar you should see ADD PRINTERThen ADD A NETWORK, WIRELESS, BLUETOOTH PRINTERwindows will seach and you should see the printer listed just click on your printer.However your PC will need to be on if wanting to print not sure how to work around that


    I do this but it says that not printers not found

    delboytrotter;2359436

    I do this but it says that not printers are found



    Make sure your PC is on and the printer has been installed on your PC. Dont think the printer needs to be switch on as long as it has been installed on your PC you could try switching it on tho.

    Could be an issue if you are running a different Operating Software, if thats the case try a few of the other Sharing options ppl have suggested.

    Instead of selecting add network printer try selecting local printer. I know your printer is on a network but just trust me on this, give it a go and when you browse for your printer it should be there.

    BTW, I assume you have set up sharing already?

    Original Poster

    Yeah sharings set up, however, I select local printer on Vista and I then have to choose a port etc but which should I choose

    just keep the recommended, should say though that it works this way using XP, not sure about vista.

    Don't go through the printer wizard, instead do it through shares - firstly on the 'host' PC the printer icon should have the sharing bit on its icon. Next on any of the other machines, click start and go to run (or just hold the windows button and press R) to bring up the run box. Now type in [URL="file://\\machinename"]\\machinename[/URL] where machinename is the one the printer is connected to and hit enter, this should bring up a list of shares on the PC as well as the shared printer. Double click the printer and it should ask you if you want to install it on your machine, click ok and you should be good to go although there may be some security issues.

    John
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