Windows® Printer Sharing
What are the advantages of sharing printers on Windows?
The peripheral device used to print documents is known as printers. The form factors in printers is the factor which differentiates the printers in each of the systems. Based on the medium for connecting, printers are classified in two that are wired printed and wireless printer. Printers are also classified according to the technology behind printing they are dot matrix printer, ink jet printer, thermal printer, laser printer etc. Printer sharing is usually done in small home and business network. The printer sharing enables the user to print data from various systems in a single network. By this feature, you just need only one printer for more than one system in a network.
Following are some advantages of shared printers and ways to share printer using Windows:
- Printer sharing in Windows 7
- Tips to share printers in Windows XP
- Advantages of sharing printers
Printer sharing in Windows 7
Printer sharing in Windows 7 is easier than in the Windows XP. The HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 is the option used to share printers. This feature is not compatible with Windows XP. The printer and file sharing feature is available in the Network and Sharing center. The HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 is available in the Control Panel. With this option, you could create new HomeGroup with the Create HomeGroup feature in Windows 7.
Tips to share printers in Windows XP
To set up printer sharing in your home network, you need to configure printer options in the control panel of Windows XP Operating System. You could get a menu while right clicking the printer icon in the Control Panel. From this, you need to select the sharing option. You also need to make sure that you have enabled printer sharing option in the network card properties. To connect a printer in the network you need to set an IP address for your printer. If you have any troubles with printing with your printer in the network it might due to the errors in the network. So, you need to make sure the network connection.
Advantages of sharing printers
You could get a number of advantages if you share your printer to the computers in your home. With a shared printer, users could take printouts from all the systems available in the network. Also with this, there is no need of installing printer for every system. Windows XP Operating System supports printer sharing.
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