How to Resolve Printer Sharing Error
Get to know more about resolving printer sharing error.
Printers are essential modern devices which can connect with your computer to offer you the power of a small copy shop in your living room. The printer devices will help you to produce text and graphics on physical print media such as paper or transparencies. It is possible to connect the printer with the computer via a printer cable or USB port. Some printers comes with built in network interfaces and it is developed to support both local and network connected users. The commercial printers are designed for medium business class jobs and it can produce high quality and professional looking printouts. The printers can rapidly become inconvenient when you try to share this printer with two computers. You can make a printer available over your home network using Windows built in sharing abilities. There are so many chances of getting problems related with printer sharing.
Following are the different errors that can occur while sharing printer over a network, their causes and symptoms and the tips to fix them:
- Printer sharing does not work
- Name the computer correctly
- Setup correct IP address
Printer sharing does not work
This file sharing problem typically occurs when someone attempts to access a resource on your computer, such as a shared folder or printer, and the person attempting to access the resource receives a “network path was not found” error. This printer sharing will fail when you turn on Windows firewall because file and printer sharing requires your computer to respond to unsolicited incoming traffic on one or more TCP ports. Windows firewall will block incoming traffic. In order to fix this, you need to unblock one or more TCP ports.
Name the computer correctly
On a peer-to-peer Windows network, all computers must have unique names. If the computer names are not correct, then there will have problems in sharing. You need to ensure all computer names are unique and each follows the Microsoft naming recommendations. You must note the length of computer names, upper and lower case of names and the use of special characters must also be considered.
If you have not set correct IP address, then the printer sharing is not possible. All computers in the home network must operate in the same subnet with unique IP addresses. Then you need to ensure that the network mask is set to the same value on all computers. Then you must ensure each computer possesses a unique IP address.
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