Networking a printer (wireless or usb setup) Windows Starter

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by Chad Harris, May 7, 2010.

  1. Chad Harris

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    My friend has a couple printers--a new Epson 800 All in One and an older
    one. He has an I Mac and an Acer net book. The net book has Windows
    Starter. He should be able to use Bonjour on the Mac for Windows (I
    understand this is a MSFT newsgroup) to set up his network.

    He is not using a router. Windows Starter ( a good question is why)
    apparently doesn't have homegroup functionality. I also know homegroup when
    you have it won't work with a Vista or XP box .

    I tried to help him network his printer using the I Mac as an access point
    and installing and configuring (simple wizard) Bonjour for Windows on his
    Win 7 Starter netbook. I came up short, and we tried setting up the printer
    both wirelessly and USB. In my experience a wireless printer setup can be
    more fragile over the long hall than a USB setup (you may have to reinstall
    the driver to get scanning functionlality).

    I ran the Bonjour wizard successfully. There is a home group configuration
    on Starter, but it must be to use with another computer that is one of the
    other versions that has actual homegroup functionality. There is no actual
    sharing that will come up on Starter that I can see.

    I believe that if he had a router, I could get his wireless printer running.
    We know that if he upgraded to one of the other versions of Win 7 he could
    easily network the printer.

    Win 7 starter is recognizing his Epson printer, but the Homegroup dialogue
    box on it isn'r recognizing his Mac and I'm sure it's not been designed to
    do that.

    He gets an unhelpful message on the windows box that he does not have "
    fullaccess" (it doesn't say permissions to the printer Just in case this
    obliquely was referring to permissions I used the security tab of the
    printer to gain full permissions for users on the printer.

    I can get print jobs in the que but no printing. My friend believes this is
    because he doesn't have an *LPR port *available. I think he could get a
    default Virtual USB port if he had a router.

    Windows 7 Ultimate will recognize my printers the second I setup Win 7, but
    this is probably because it has Homegroup functionality. The only reason I
    have to install my HP driver for Win 7 is that while it will print from
    either of my printers out of the box, it won't scan without the HP Win 7
    driver (or I've made the Vista HP driver work on Win 7 for the last two
    years before HP finally released Win 7 drivers). The port that is set up
    for me out of the box is Virtual USB for both printers even though one is
    wirelessly configured and that works.

    Can anyone shed some light on whether the router would get the job done
    without his upgrading to one of the other versions of Win 7 besides Starter
    that has homegroup functionality?


    Chad Harris, May 7, 2010
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    I meant to add that when he setup the Printer wirelessly on the Mac, I jmade
    sure to have him type the same IP address that printer port configuration
    dialogue box shows @ printer properties into the Epson printer's wireless
    setup the way I do on my wireless printer to network it.

    My question is will getting a router without having a Windows 7 version
    other than starter that has homegroup functionality (printer sharing) help
    us at all or are we required to upgrade Win 7 so that he can get his printer
    networked and working?


    Chad Harris, May 7, 2010
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  3. Hi
    If he does not use a Router then he does Not have a Local Network (LAN).
    Regardless of every thing else, it is highly dangerous to do so. It means
    that his so called Networked computers is the Internet at large and it is
    Highly Not secured.
    First step he need to get a Router and establish Local network LAN.

    Win 7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network, Win 7 has three types of
    Sharing configurations.
    Home Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of
    configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network
    Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let
    you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.
    Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security
    The Work Network is the one that most of us are going (and need) to use.
    Win7 Work Network's Sharing settings are in principle similar to Vista's
    configuration, some menus locations in Win 7 might be in different place,
    and look a little different, but it should not be a problem to adapt.
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Win 7 -
    Win7 Work Network with a little visual help),
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040
    Printer Sharing XP -
    Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
    Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
    Sharing between PC and Mac -
    When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all
    the hardware including Router and all computers involved.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], May 7, 2010
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