connecting printer to laptop

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by L., May 27, 2010.

  1. L.

    L. Guest

    desktop and laptop both running winXP (sp3).
    Have not set up sharing between the two.
    Printer (hp5220) connected to desktop.
    Went into CP, Printers and set printer to share.

    On laptop went to CP, Printers and have tried to add printer with no luck.
    Let system scan for new printer(Add Printer Wizard) and the only thing that
    comes up in Shared printers is MS Windows Network.

    Any suggestion on where to start... I thought there is a way to share the
    printer w/o the need to set up a network between the two systems.

    L., May 27, 2010
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  2. There is usually another way. (Most tasks the manufacturer truly
    believes impossible are usually done sooner or later by someone
    else.) But the practical question is how fast and how cheaply
    a task can be done. The fast way to share one printer between
    two PCs is to create a network of all three.
    Don Phillipson, May 28, 2010
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  3. L.

    Lem Guest

    Not to be facetious, but if you haven't connected the two computers in
    some way, how do you expect to share a resource on one computer (the
    printer) with the other computer?

    You *do* need a network in order to access shared resources. The easiest
    way is to use a router to which both computers are connected, but you
    could also connect the computers directly.

    Assuming that the computers are physically connected to each other or to
    a common router, run the "Network Setup Wizard" on both computers. Make
    sure that any non-Windows firewalls are properly configured to allow LAN
    Lem, May 28, 2010
  4. L.

    L. Guest

    Got it. Did connect through router.

    L., May 29, 2010
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