Printer sharing

  Ray5776 21:28 08 Jul 2006

Hello everyone,
I recently set up a home network, 3PCs and a Linksys modem/router and a lot of help from here.
All is working fine but I have yet to set up the printer sharing. Have been all through the user manual but can`t find any reference to it.
Any advice please.


  ade.h 22:04 08 Jul 2006

mgmcc has a good speil about printer sharing, which I'm sure he'll post for you if/when he's around. It's very straightforward (no, it really is!).

  mgmcc 09:23 09 Jul 2006

Standard "blurb" ;-)

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" (or Network Neighborhood), 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. click here

  Ray5776 14:12 09 Jul 2006

ade.h "It`s very straightforward"
Nothing is very straightforward when it involves me and networking.

Mgmcc, thanks for the info, I could not get it to work of course. From what I can see all the PC`s are connecting to the internet OK which was my original intention but they do not seem to be connecting to each other hence the printer problem I think.

Thanks Ray

  mgmcc 15:16 09 Jul 2006

Have you configured any firewall software to allow access to the networked PCs? I would also suggest setting at least one folder in each PC as "shared", to help getting them talking to one another over the network.

  Ray5776 15:19 09 Jul 2006

Some progress, I can now get the printer working for all 3 mahines if I disable the fiewall on the host (Zone Alarm) perhaps I have the settings wrong.

Set to medium not high.

Broadcom 440x1.. Adapter S.. Internet

Loopback adapter IP Address Trusted

a Subnet Trusted.

Can anyone see something amiss?

  ade.h 15:56 09 Jul 2006

Well, you've got your IP ranges in there, so it should be fine. But... you have proved that it's not. Without wishing to criticise ZA - I'm fairly sure that there must be a way to tweak this successfully - would you be willing to try a different (free) firewall if you can't get anywhere with this one?

  Ray5776 16:18 09 Jul 2006

yes I would try something else but as you say there is probably a way of sorting this, I have ZA on the other 2 machines so don`t want to do anything to cause further problems just yet.

  ade.h 16:47 09 Jul 2006

You can try Kerio if you get no further with ZA. It networks very easily.

  mgmcc 19:29 09 Jul 2006

<<< Broadcom 440x1.. Adapter S.. Internet >>>

<<< a Subnet Trusted. >>>

You've got two different subnets in there - 192.168.[zero] and 192.168.[one] - if the router has [one] as its third 'octet', change the subnet address in Zone Alarm to

  ade.h 19:48 09 Jul 2006

mgmcc is right, and he has eagle eyes. I hadn't noticed that your two bits of info are one number out!

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