Hard Drive and Printer networking

  Finto 22:55 10 May 2007

I have a Laptop and Desktop both wirelessly connected to my Sky Netgear router. Problem is I recently purchased a 320G Hard drive and want that hanging off my router, but it's USB whereas there is no USB connection on the router.
Also, I thought I could share my printer off my desktop for my laptop, but that doesn't seem to work. Do I need a different router ?

  LastChip 02:20 11 May 2007

I'll deal with the printer first.

If your printer is working properly on your desktop machine, you should be able to share it for use with your laptop.

Three things to check are:

1. File and Printer sharing is enabled

2. The firewall(s) are configured to allow that service

3. Your laptop has the printer driver installed.

Now the hard drive.

If all you have is a USB hard drive, you can't simply plug it into a router to work. It needs the operating system on one of the computers to enable it to function. Therefore, it will have to be attached to one of the computers. If however it is a self contained file server, that is a different matter. I doubt it is though, because I've never seen a USB version of a file server.

  Ashrich 23:21 11 May 2007

Go into the printer properties ( start/settings/printers , select printer and right click on it , select " properties , second tab says " sharing " select that and click the box for " share this printer " . If your laptop is running the same operating system it will draw the drivers across from the main PC .


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