You can turn any printer into a network printer with a router and a wired or wireless local network. Printer sharing is a Windows networking feature that allows you to share a printer attached to a computer on the local network. Computers can access the printer using the network connection and send print jobs to it. This feature lets you avoid the expense of buying a printer with networking capabilities or a router with a print server installed, as those features may cost more than a standard router or printer.
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Connect your laptop and PC to your Netgear router using an Ethernet cable for wired connections, or right-clicking the "Wireless Network Connection" icon in your system tray. Click "View Available Wireless Networks." Choose the wireless network you set up with your Netgear router and click "Connect." Enter a network key.
Connect your printer to the PC.
Click "Start" and "Control Panel" on your PC. Click "All Control Panel Items." Look through the list for the "Network and Sharing Center" entry and click it. Click "Change Advanced Sharing Settings."
Click "Turn on Network Discovery" and "Turn on Printer and File Sharing." Click "Start" and "Devices and Printers."
Double-click the icon of the printer you want to access across the network. Click "Customize Your Printer." Choose "Sharing" and enter a check in the box labelled "Share This Printer." Click "Apply" and "OK." Go back to the laptop and make sure that the "Network Discovery" and "File and Printer Sharing" settings are turned on that computer. Click "Network" and choose the PC's network name to see the printer listed.
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