Ways of sharing a printer on a home network
How do you share a printer on a home network? What are the advantages?
Network file sharing between computers gives you more felicity than any other methods of sharing. By establishing a network between the systems you could share photos, music files, and documents, you can also use a home network to save copies of all of your important data on a different computer. Once a home network is established, it is easy to set up all of the computers to share a single printer. No longer you would need to bounce from one system or another just to printout an e-mail message. You could take the print outs in an easier way while connecting the printer in the network. The main advantage is that you could save the time of taking printouts. Also you could take the printouts of documents in a swift manner by sharing printer in the network. The main need to share your printer on the network is that your printer can be accessed by different versions of the Windows operating systems.
The following points are the ways to share a printer on the home network:
- USB connected sharing
- Wireless sharing
- Using a network hub
USB Connected Sharing
This is one of the most widely used methods for printer sharing in small networks and home offices. You can connect the printers to the network by using a USB port on the printer. Usually the printer comes with the USB cable along with the printer. You can attach your printer to the system with network capability. Then you need to navigate to the ‘Printers and Faxes settings’ in your ‘Control Panel’. You need to right click the printer you would like to share and click ‘Sharing’ for the printer to be shared over the network.
If your printer supports wireless printing then you need to enable wireless sharing by checking the printer manual or you can take online help. But you need to connect the printer with the USB port for installing the printer software on the system. Then you need to type your network credentials password for it to connect. Then the printer will find the network on its own and will be connected to the network.
If you are not satisfied with the above two methods then you need to share your printer with the network by using a network hub. A network hub or print server is a little box that allows you to plug your printer into it. The network hub has an Ethernet port on it so that you can connect your printer to a router or switch, allowing your printer to be shared on the network.
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