How to share printer network in Microsoft® Windows® XP®
What are the ways of sharing a printer in a home network?
A Printer is an essential device in both the office and at home, as they produce hard copies of an electronic data. Based on the printing mechanism used printers can be classified into inkjet printers, dot matrix printers, laser printers etc. Based on your need, you can select for a home or office network. As most of the printers give network support you can easily install it in your network. Printers comes both in wired and wireless technology. Samsung CLP-315/XAA, HP C6380 are some of them. You can share your printer in a home network under the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft XP is a powerful Operating System, which is has the ability to securely connect with the network from all possible threats.
Benefits of the printer sharing and the ways to share printer over a home network are given below:
- Support of Windows XP
- Steps to follow
By setting a printer for the home network, any device in your network can print via the network printer. You can also have centralized printouts from any where in the house which gives enhanced print outs, from any location.
Support of Windows XP
Your Windows XP can have a home network in Windows XP home edition, as it connects six work stations in a work group. Each computer can act as a server, that can utilize the resources in the network. The home network in Windows XP is also known as peer-peer network, through which you can create a wireless network with Windows XP and so you can use your portable devices share resources from any where in the home network.
For sharing the printer in Windows XP Operating System click "printers and other hardware" from the "Control panel." Click "printers and faxes" and then share this printer from printer’s icon. Then click the "share tab" in printer’s properties dialogue box. Next, click "share name" and then "ok." The printer will be available to all the computers in the network. To connect with the printer select printers and other hardware from the control panel and then click add a printer. Then you should click printer connection and browse the network of the printer.
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