Printer sharing

By martin ยท 4 replies
Jan 28, 2007
  1. Printer sharing

    Hi I am new to this, so please be patient with me?
    First I am an electronic engineer, I have built two computers and each computer has its own printer.
    I have installed a Linksys EtherFast cable DSL Router to gain access to the WWW.
    I have used a hard wire (RJ45) as the communication medium between each computer and the Router.
    I now wish to be able to print to either printer from either computer.
    I have set both printer software to share, but I am unable to see the other printer on the network?

    All advice and guidance most welcomed.
  2. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Posts: 72

    if you go to start -> run then enter the ip adress of the computer eg. \\ then click on. the printer shared on that computer should be there.

    when adding the shared printer to the computer select the network printer option and on the next page chose the second option "connect to this printer" and in the text box type \\"ip address"\printer share name

    if necessary a password will appear.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    How to create a Printer Server using 2 PCs and 2 Printers

    Smart way to do this is, just turn one of those PCs you have into a print server. You don't have to install any server software. That's how I do it. Why because its better to control more than one PC from one source. If you have more than one USB 1.1/2.0 on these PCs you're built then use them to connect these printers.

    On the PC2 that will act as a print server you can see them under printer and faxs, then you can share them out from there so that other PCs on your workgroup can use them.

    click on Try the above once you do, do this from the other PC1 that you want to connect to the two printer from:

    click on start
    click on run
    type: \\computer name or ip address of the PC2 that acts as your print server

    once you do that above you should see the two printers you have shared out. Now one printer 1, right click on the printer then click on connect, this would setup the printer 1 on your PC1, repeat this process for printer 2.

    You're all done, test to see the results... I do this at work everyday I know others do it a different way, but I taught executve admin to do it this way so when they want to share their printers to their VP or CEO.

    Also if you ever had drivers issues or printers not printing, do the following:

    click on start
    click on run
    type: services.msc
    scroll down for print spooler
    hightlight the print spooler
    right click on print spooler then click on restart

    click on start
    click on printers and faxes (if you don't see it listed goto the control panel)
    click on file
    click on print server properties (pc2 that acts as a print server)
    you can configure ports and remove drivers that have got corrupted
  4. martin

    martin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What can I say, but many thanks for the help in solving my problem, I will put the advice into practice.

    Again many thanks to both of you.

  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    fundament requirement is to enable Print/File Sharing on BOTH firewalls;
    eg: allow ports 139,445 tcp/udp from all LAN addresses (only).
    A print server is just extra work.
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