can we share a printer

June 20, 2011 at 05:51:33
Specs: anthlon 800 ghz, 192 mb
i and my friend just but an hp f4200 deskjet series but the hit is my friend lives some meters away from my place can we share that printer with two systems

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June 20, 2011 at 06:07:08
How far is a few meters?

If it is a within 100 meters then it is f straight forward. First thing you need is to network your computer with his. Then you have the choice of connecting the printer to one of the computers and setting it up as a shared printer so your friend can access it. That means that in order for him to use the printer, the printer the computer is connected to must be turned on.

Alternatively you could get a print server and that will allow you both the access the printers intendant of each other.

Exactly how you do this depends on which Operating Systems you are using and what network hardware you have.

I very much doubt you have an Athlon 800 Ghz, An Athlon 800 Mhz more likely.


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June 20, 2011 at 12:07:12
yeah i think you have a point there so how do i get a print server and u said something about print server depending on the operating system pls explain more and i intend running the sharing on my friend's system who uses antilon 501 mghz but has access to steady power more than i do

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June 20, 2011 at 12:31:20
You buy a print server like this one:

This show you how tset up a shared printer Windows XP.

However, I suspect you are not using Windows XP in which case it wont work.

It differes depending on the Operating System in use.


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June 20, 2011 at 12:44:12
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

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June 21, 2011 at 03:59:33
thank you very much you said something about computer networking now i want to know how do i network the two computers since two of them are using windows xp prof sp 3 and sp 2 that is me and my friend respectively bmd again do i need an internet connection for that

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June 21, 2011 at 05:36:07
First thin I would do is get some more memory. 256 Mbs (192 + 64 for shared Video) Another 256 Mbs will give you a dramatic improvement on performance.

You do not need an Internet connection to set up a network The simplest way if there are only two computer involved is to connect them together with a Cat5 cross-over cable using a Network Interface Card. Run the Network set-up wizard on both computers. When you have both computers communicating, you can then set up the printer. As both computers are using Windows XP it should be straight forward.

If you wanted you network more than two computers, you would need to connect them via a switch.

You would only need a router if you wanted both computer to have Internet connection as a router will have a switch built in.

This will only work if the two computers are within 100 meters of each other.


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June 21, 2011 at 06:55:45
XP just barely runs as it was intended to when you have 256mb of ram installed, especially if you're using onboard video - video built into the mboard's main chipset. Any more than that will improve performance significantly, up to about 1gb total then there's diminishing returns with more than that, and 512mb is a good amount for most people that have a slower computer.
If you are using onboard video, the amount of ram available for Windows and user programs is the total amount minus that amount shared with the onboard video.
E.g. 256 - 64 = 192. Some mboard bioses report that amount, some report the total amount, when you're using onboard video, but in any case Windows and the user can't use the amount shared with onboard video.
If you can install a video card rather than using onboard video and use that, the full amount of installed ram is available for Windows and user programs, and in addition your same ram will perform better when something benefits from the full bandwidth of the ram being available - sharing the ram with onboard video as much as halves it's bandwidth (max data transfer rate) it would have otherwise.

Is one or both computers connecting to the internet ?

If both of them are, are they connecting to the same internet provider ?

Is/are the high speed modem(s) DSL or ADSL, or (a) coax cable modem(s), or what ?

The computer that has SP2 updates should have SP3 updates loaded on it if it's connecting to the internet. You can't get most Windows critical and security updates,and many other Microsoft programs or Windows upgrades, unless SP3 updates have been loaded.

If you or he has been avoiding installing SP3 updates because of horror stories of possible problems, it's usually possible to install the SP3 updates without problems if you follow some recommendations BEFORE you attempt to install them. E.g. Disable the resident module(s) of, or un-install, ALL anti-malware and software firewall programs.

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June 21, 2011 at 07:05:13
yeah i thought as much but my friend made a suggestion saying that we can use what he called ethernet coaxial cable but i later found out that the ethernet applies only when the computers are next to each other pls explain he said we can also use what he called home phoneline network adapter (HPNA) explain

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June 21, 2011 at 08:02:22
Please ANSWER the questions in the middle of response 7 !
Depending on what your answers are, you may or may not need any special devices .

Coax cable = Coaxial cable
Has the equivalent of 2 wires.
Cannot be used for a network connection between computers.
If you get your connection to the internet from an internet provider that uses a (coax) cable modem, the incoming signal to the modem from the coax cable provides a signal that allows you to connect to the internet, via a network or USB connection to the high speed modem.

Coaxial cable

(Wired) network cable = Ethernet cable
Has 8 wires, 4 matched pairs of wires, a color of insulation and the same color with a stripe in each pair, each pair twisted around each other to minimize picking up external electrical and electronic noise (interference).

What are Ethernet Cables?

Category 5 cable

For a straight through wired network cable (vs a cross wired one) the matched pairs of wires visible in the clear end connectors are supposed to be beside one another, a color and the same color with a stripe, usually white. I've seen for cheaper network cables (e.g.. that you can buy in a "dollar" store) that they may not be that way.

How It Works: Phone-Line Network

There are also powerline network adapters, which are much more common than phone line ones. They use the electrical wires in your own building to provide a network connection between devices.You simply plug them into AC wall plugs on both ends and connect network = ethernet cables to each adapter from each device you want to be in the same network.

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