N/APosted on - 06/05/2011
How will I share printer to computers?
My friend has a computer shop business and she has 4 units of Intel Celeron and 2 Pentium 4 computers. She also has a HP Deskjet F4280 all-in-one printer. She told me that she wants to share her computers to printer but she didn't know what to do. She tried to research about it like in YouTube and other websites that could help her.
She ask me if I knew the procedure on how to share the printer to all computers because she wants to print a document or file that was in other computer and she wants to print it to the computer that she used because of the font style that she used to her document. Anyone knows how to share printer to all the computers? How will I share printer to computers?
How will I share printer to computers?
Sharing Printers to all computers
Sharing of resources or printers is possible only if your computers are connected to network. If your printer is connected directly to the network or to your Local Area Network (LAN) you don’t need to share your printer instead, set-up your printer driver on each computer and use the IP (Internet Protocol) of your network printer as your port address. And if your printer is not a network printer, be sure that your printer is connected to your computer where your computer is connected to the same network where you want to share your printer.
Note: This topic tackles only for sharing printers. We assumed that your computer and printers are already connected to a network. Discussing of Networking here takes a lot characters to be encoded and thousands of words to be discussed. So if your computers are not connected to a network you must buy a networking book to be your guide in networking. Or, hire a network technician and let him do the job including printer sharing. Let us assume that your computer is now connected to a network. Here’s the procedure.
Install your printer to a local computer connected to a network.Connect your printer to your computer.
Install the printer driver (please refer to your printers manual on how to install the printer and drivers).
Make a print test to make sure that the printer is working locally.
Enable printer sharing to your network.Click Start then click Control Panel.
Double click the Network Connections.
Right click to your Local Area Network then select Properties on the pop-up Menu.
On the General tab, on the list of “This connection uses the following items” put a check on File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
Share your printer.Click Start and then click Printers and Faxes.
Right click to your printer (name of the printer you want to share on your network. For example HP Deskjet F4280) then select properties on the pop-up menu select Properties.
Click the Sharing tab.
On the Sharing tab, select Share This Printer then on the Share name box, you can specify the share name if you want but we recommend not change the name just leave it as is.
Your printer sharing is now enabled and your printer is listening for printing connection. But before other computers on the network can print into your printer, you must connection them one by one. Here’s how to do it. The following steps should be done on the computer where you want to connect to your shared printer.
Click Start the click Printers and Faxes.
Double click the Add Printer.
Add printer Wizard pops-up on the screen. Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard.
Read some information and to continue click Next.
Local or Network Printer, select A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer. And then click Next.
Select Connect to this printer (or to browse for a printer. Select this option and click next), then click Next. Wait for until the wizard finished searching shared printers.
Select your printer on the list (i.e: \printserver HP Deskjet F4280) then click Next.
Click Yes to print a test page.
If printing is successful Click Finish.
You can also do this by just browser the computer where the printer was shared. Here it is:
Open your windows explorer.
Type the name of your computer on the Address bar of your explorer (i.e: \printserver).
You will see a printer icon on the right pane of your window. Right click on the printer then select Connect.
Note: If within the process of connecting to the shared printer, the wizard ask you to install the driver locally, just keep on following the wizard, install the driver.
How will I share printer to computers?
“Your friend wants to share her computers to her printer”. Technically it’s called File and Printer Sharing; by default all Microsoft Windows operating system windows 95 and all recent operating system contains a built in File and Printer Sharing.
NOTE: in order to use File and printer sharing your devices must be connected to the same network and to make it work properly make sure all of your computers are part of the same workgroup.
To know your computers current workgroup, right click my computer and click properties.
To setup File and printer sharing follow this steps:
For Windows 95, 98, and ME click on network.
For 98 and ME make sure u have the following:
Client for Microsoft Network
(A description of the network card)
IPX/SPX Compatible Protocol > Network Card
NetBEUI > Network Card
TCP/IP > Network Card
File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Click on File and printer sharing and make sure the box is checked, and please make sure under accesscontrol there I checked by share level access control. Then save all the settings you made or just click OK. Normally windows will ask you to restart.
After following the previous steps. Click on My Computer icon, then a list of available disks drives will appear. Right click the drive that you want to make available for the workgroup. Click sharing and click on sharing tab .Click on share as tab. Input your folder name in the share name box. Then you have to decide on the type of access you want to have for the rest of users, then click OK. You can now see and access other users/computers on the network whenever you click on Windows 95 Network neighbourhood icons.
Double click on my computer, click on the printers folder. New window will pop-up then. Click on the printer that you want to share. Click sharing and then click the sharing tab. Click share as. Input a name to the printer you want to share. Then click OK
For On Windows 2000. Click start, and go to Control Panel
On Windows 2000, go to control panel and the select network connections, double click on network dial-up connection. You should see local area connection, right click and click on properties, you should have the following:
Client for Microsoft Networks
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Click on File and printer sharing and make sure the box is checked. Then click close, go back to control panel, double click system. System properties window will appear. Under general tab click on network identification tab, click properties be sure that the computer name you're using is a unique name on the network, and workgroup is set, not domain. Now make sure that this computer has the same Workgroup as the rest of the network.
Double click on my computer, click on the printers folder. New window will pop-up then. Click on the printer that you want to share.Click sharing and then click the sharing tab. Click share as. Input a name to the printer you want to share. Then click OK
For Windows XP, click on the start menu and click on printer and faxes, then locate and double click the printer you want to share. A new window will pop-up click sharing go to the sharing tab then click on share this printer. Then input a share name. Then click OK
Right on the f older you want to share and click on sharing and security. New windows will pop-up then. Click on the printer that you want to share. Click sharing and then click the sharing tab. Click share as. Input a name to the printer you want to share. Then click OK. Then you should be able to browse your shared folders.
NOTE: the drive of the printer should be locally installed on each computer.