How to share a printer between desktop & wireless laptop

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Different printer models allow you to share a printer between a desktop and a wireless laptop computer. If you have a desktop computer somewhere in the house and you want to print from a laptop in another part of the house, you can share a printer between the computers so you won't have to send files between two computers. Find out how you can share one printer between a desktop and laptop computers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Desktop computer
  • Printer
  • Printer driver
  • Router
  • Laptop computer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Load the printer driver onto both computers. This allows the computer to be able to read and connect to the printer. The driver is included in the printer installation CD and is automatically installed when you choose "Autorun."

  2. 2

    Establish a network between two computers. If you already have an Internet connection, it is most likely that the laptop and desktop are already in a network. Go to the master computer (the one directly connected to the printer). On the control panel, click "Printers and faxes." Select the printer you want to share, right click on it and select "Properties." Click on the "Sharing" tab and share the printer. Change the "Share name" to a name you want such as "Home computer" and write this down. Click on the button that says, "Enable file and printer sharing."

  3. 3

    On the other computer, open the control panel and click on "Printers and faxes" to change the printer settings. Add the printer by choosing "add printer." Shortly, the "Add printer" wizard will pop up and will guide you through the process, making connection between the two printers easier. If you are asked for the name of the computer you want to connect to, be sure to use the exact name that you assigned the other computer (i.e. "Home computer," or whatever name you chose).

  4. 4

    Test the connection by printing a test page. If it doesn't work, the first thing to check is that you have the correct computer name on the wireless laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • Sometimes a printer company releases updates on its drivers, so be sure to check online and see if there are any newer drivers available for your printer. Most companies also offer free downloads of these drivers online without the installation CD.

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