Remote Desktop Connection

  Gary Wood 23:17 03 Aug 2006

I have been using Remote Desktop Connection recently to allow me to work from but using files that are on my PC in the office.

I the Remote Desktop Connection window, I have ticked the option to make my local printers available so that I can output files to print on my desk. However, the printers are not showing up, and I can only see the list of printers which are available on my office computer.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong and how I can make it work?


  ade.h 23:21 03 Aug 2006

I suspect that the firewall on one or more of your clients is/are not correctly configured.

  FelixTCat 01:19 04 Aug 2006


Where are you expecting them to show up? I think they will only appear in the print menu. Are they there?



  Gary Wood 20:30 04 Aug 2006

Felix - the printers don't show up in the printers control panel or in the print menu.

ade.h - the router to which the machine I'm connecting to has the appropriate port for Remote Desktop Connection open (3389). Do other ports need to be opened?


  ade.h 21:04 04 Aug 2006

None that I know of. The easiest way to test it - if you have a fully stoppable firewall that is - is to disable it and try again. Bear in mind that stopping a firewall does always stop all its functions completely. It's a so-called safety net, but is really just a pain in the backside.

  ade.h 21:04 04 Aug 2006

...does NOT always...

  Gary Wood 23:02 04 Aug 2006


To test this, I've just tried Remote Desktop Connection using a dialled-up connection, so that it was not having to pass through my firewall. The printers were still not available.

Any more ideas?


  ade.h 10:39 05 Aug 2006

That doesn't make sense - surely your client firewall covers your dial up connection!

  Gary Wood 12:17 05 Aug 2006

It does make sense, but maybe my description of it didn't!

To clarify: my broadband router has a hardware firewall and therefore, using dial up enabled me to eliminate that firewall as the cause of the problem.

In addition, I have also tried disabling the software firewalls on both the local and remote machines and I still cannot see the local printers when I'm viewing the remote desktop.

  ade.h 12:20 05 Aug 2006

Perhaps the setup needs checking. Does this article help? click here

  Gary Wood 15:13 05 Aug 2006


I have three printers, but they are all connected via USB.


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