|If both computers are using the same router to connect to the internet, and if you don't mind both computers having to be running when you want to print from the computer the printer is not directly connected to, you do not have to connect via a network cable (or via a wireless network adapter) directly to other computer.You simply set up a local network in Windows on both computers and enable File and Printer sharing on both computers when you do that. (The printer will be shared over the network via the network connections to the router.)|
Reboot both computers after you have done that.
If both computers are using Win 2000 or above, the printer "drivers" will be installed automatically in the background over the network (when both computers are running) on the computer that does not have the printer directly connected to it
The printer model will appear in Control Panel - Printers or Printers and Faxes,as a network (AUTO) model, on the computer it is not directly connected to
Both things do not happen immediately - it takes a short time - the slower the computers are the longer it takes - but ,say, no longer than 15 minutes.
If any computer is using Win ME or below (to back as far as Win 95) , you have to install the "drivers" for the printer model manually on that system, as a network printer, on the computer it is not directly connected to. You also have to ENABLE the sharing of the printer in it's Properties, after you have enabled File and Printer Sharing on both computers, because that's not done automatically like it is in Win 2000 and above.
NOTE that if often can take a much longer time for a local network to actually work initially in ME and below, especially in 98SE and below. E.g. it's not unusual for that to take a half hour or more with both computer running in 98SE.
This also applies when you use a print server....
Some models of printers cannot be shared over a network if one computer is using ME or below and the other is using 2000 or above. The older the printer model is, the more likely that it can be shared regardless of that situation.
For HP printers / multifunction units see this -
HP All-in-One Products - Print Sharing Setup or Connection Using an HP Jetdirect Print Server in Windows