Network WIN XP -WIN 98 and printer

February 24, 2009 at 04:23:54
Specs: Windows XP, ?
My friend has two computers , one a desktop computer with windows 98 second edition which is connected to a BT hub by a Ethernet cable. The second computer is a XP laptop.

He has a printer connected to the desktop computer which he would like to share with his laptop computer which connects to the BT hub wirelessly.

I have only had experience connecting two XP computers together once before and my friend has no experience with networking at all. He lives several hundred miles away so I will have to guide him over the phone and any instructions I tell him to do, I will have to be sure about as I don’t want to mess his computer up.

Can anyone give me step by step instructions preferably for dummies as I will be telling him blindly?

Thank You


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February 24, 2009 at 04:42:51
Just run the network setup wizard on both PC and laptop making sure you enable file and print sharing in the options in the wizard.

Also make sure both PC and laptop have the same workgroup name. This is essential. But you will be given a default name MSHOME so you don't really need to worry about this.

Assuming its not a network printer you have(i.e a printer that can be assigned an ip address and could connect directly to the hub) then this obvioulsy means that the PC needs to be on before the laptop can print.

Another option would be to buy a print server and connect the printer to that(the print server would connect to the bt hub) this would mean that the PC would not need to be powered on before the laptop could print.

That is pretty much it.

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February 24, 2009 at 07:17:31
Thanks Andy,

I assume when running the network setup on both computers they will ask for a printer IP address? Or will there be one assigned to it during the setup.

I do appreciate your help Andy but the whole thing still seems very daunting without a dummy's step by step guide. The link you added seemed very good but it does not mention assigning an IP address to the printer. So does that mean the guide isn't broken down enough? Will I get stuck in the middle of the process? If I do go wrong what is the worst that can happen?


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February 24, 2009 at 08:54:07
Generally you get 2 different types of printer, a standard one that has either a USB or parallel or firewire cable connection, or a network printer that has a Ethernet cable or wi-fi connection. Note that the network printer can also have a usb as well etc...

I guess you friend has the USB connection which means he doesn't need an IP for the printer.

This means that the printer just plugs into the PC on the PCs USB port. And then when file and print sharing is setup on both the laptop and PC then both can use the printer but ONLY if the PC is on. If it was a network printer you would plug it directly into the bt hub in this case.

If it is a network printer then you usually type the IP using the buttons on the actual printer, you would have to give it an IP that was in the same subnet as your BT hub IP. Which is quite advanced stuff and don't worry if you have no idea what this means.

Basically find out the make and model of the printer.

I think all you will need to do is run the newtork setup on both comps and that is it.

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February 24, 2009 at 09:17:23
Thanks ever so much,

I will ring him later, I think it is a USB printer, I hope!

I will reply back if I need any more advice.


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February 26, 2009 at 05:32:03
Well, we went through the set up first on the XP laptop computer, putting the XP installation disk in and using the network setup from there. Finally it asked him to copy files onto a floppy which he couldn't do because he hadn't a floppy drive on his laptop.

So we put the windows 98 installation disk into his desktop computer running what we thought was an equivalent network setup. It wasn't very straight forward and near the beginning it was asking to choose from a dialup network, another option was something with a ethernet lead, and as far as I can remember setup using netware hardware this third option we finally went for.

Anyway at the end of the setup his laptop couldn't see the printer attached to his desktop 98.

I wonder what we are doing wrong, and what do we have to look out for at the end of the setup.

As far as I can remember neither computers during setup searched for any available networks. It probably wasn't a good idea but I told him to do a system restore on his laptop to a time before he ran the setup, and then run it again to see if it can pick up the desktop computer, still without luck.

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