Wireless Printer Sharing
Discuss methods to set up wireless printer sharing and tips to fix issues with it.
Whether you are working in office or home on your PC, printer is an essential part of your life offering convenience of printer shop on your desktop. It is comparatively an expensive piece of hardware but it is never required to work full time on a single PC. So, it made sense to find ways to share printers with many computers and the result is a shared printer on network interconnecting all computers.
But the advancements in wireless technology for sharing data across PCs has made the job of sharing printers to come out of the restrictions on hassles of hard wiring and portability issues. Thus all the computers in a single building and home can wirelessly share the same printer giving you the freedom of movement. So far price was a factor against not going for wireless networks, but the steady fall of prices of basic networking hardware has made it an affordable option for even homes.
- Things to know about wireless printer sharing
- Points to be kept in mind while setting up wireless printer sharing
- Troubleshooting tips
Things to know about wireless printer sharing
You can connect the printer to one of the computers and install the required latest driver software for the printer. It is also necessary for other PCs to have the latest drivers installed. You can check with manufacturers’ websites for the drivers to be downloaded. Also, you need a wireless router installed, preferably one with two antenna. The other hardware you need is the wireless network adapters for each computer. To share the printer on a network, go to Control Panel and on current printer, choose the radio button 'share the Printer'.
Points to be kept in mind while setting up wireless printer sharing
Since you are sharing the printer on wireless network, make sure that the printer is added to the list of approved device in your firewall list so that the communication is accessed by the printer. If you are using Windows Vista, you need the main computer to provide login information for user accounts to access the shared printer. When you define the printer on the Control Panel setting while sharing the printer you must assign the name (network name) to this connection.
Even if you have done everything fine, some bugs can prevent you from smooth working. Check whether file and printer sharing services are enabled before proceeding to work. Do not forget to ensure that the host computer is powered on and is connected to the network. All the computers on the network must be assigned unique names to avoid conflicts. Do not use spaces in the names of computers. Also, consider the lengths of the names of computer with use of special characters that are permissible.
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