Smacko 21:46 11 Jan 2006

Can any one help me, I have a desktop PC with a D-Link Router and two laptops connected wireless to it. I want to share the printer that is connected to the desktop PC.

I have shared the printer on the desktop and disabled the firewall.

When I try and add a network printer on the laptops, all I get is searching for printer.

Has anyone got any ideas ?

  PaulB2005 22:28 11 Jan 2006

Have you run the Home Network Wizard (in Control Panel) on the laptops?

You have to do this first, making sure you turn File and Printer Sharing on when prompted.

Just set up a 3 PC Wireless network with Printer Sharing this evening....

  Minkey1 00:00 12 Jan 2006

And it often suggested that physically installing the printer on the "client" machines first (then reconnecting it to host machine) will help identify the shared printer when adding a new printer over a network.

To be fair, we've one printer shared between a PC (wired via USB) and 2 lappys (wirelessly) and I didn't have to instal it physically on the laptops. Can't remember tho whether I used the wizard as per PaulB's suggestion. To print from the lappys your PC will have to be on.


  mgmcc 10:08 12 Jan 2006

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.

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