Help to set-up printer on a wireless network

  Killo Bite 09:57 02 Nov 2007

I have a desktop with xp Home & Laptop with XP Home. Desktop connected via LAN cable to Belkin Router and Sony Laptop connected to Belikin using wireless connection. Ok thats the easy bit !

I want to be able to print from my laptop to my Canon Printer which is connected to my desktop using a USB cable.

I tried to set up, the laptop to print to the printer using Share this Printer option and it ended up giving the error "printer offline" I also tried the Network set-up wizard in xp. I did manage to get the laptop to see the printer but actual printing to it results in the error printer off line.

Anyone got any ideas where I have gone wrong please.

  mgmcc 12:15 02 Nov 2007

1) Connect the printer to the "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". In the client's "My Network Places", the printer should then appear as a shared resource of the "host" PC along with any shared folders. Double clicking the printer in the remote PC should automatically install it as a "network printer" in the "client". This means that the "client" now has the same printer installed twice - once as a "local" printer and again as a "network" printer (with a bar under the icon to indicate a network device). If you are always going to print via the network, you may want to set the "network printer" as the default.

Otherwise, have a look at this Microsoft article. It is an old article written for Windows 95, but the basic principle for installing the network printer should still be valid.

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  Killo Bite 15:10 02 Nov 2007

I will read this later, and try it.

Thanks for the reply and I will let you know how I go on later.


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