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Sunday, August 10, 2014

1517. Windows Printer Sharing

I have a friend with a small home network and an old printer that doesn't support any kind of wireless sharing. He would like other home members to print to that printer that is directly connected to his computer. Is there someway to share his computer with others when his printer is not on the network?

The new printers you buy today have at least an ethernet connection and most have a wireless connection. that would allow all computers on the network an easy way to connect to the printer.

Printers older than a couple of years may have had an ethernet connection but before that printers had to be connected to a computer with a USB cable or yes even an old LPT parallel cable.  

How did we survive?  

Well we did. Windows has a function that is called a workgroup and now it is often called a homegroup. This allows computers on the network to talk to other computers on the same network with the same group name to share things like printers, disks and other resources.  

So if you have an older printer that works and it does not have a wired or wireless connection then all you have to do is join both computers to the same group and the computer with the printer can share it so others in the group can use that printer.  

It works and the only real negative is the computer sharing the printer must of course be turned on. The user of that computer does not have to be logged in but the computer must be on.

How did we survive. Someday we will have a tip about floppy drives. It will amaze you. 


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