How to set up Printer for three Computers

March 4, 2011 at 05:57:09
Specs: Windows xp, 3.0 512
I have 3 computers at home and those are connected to internet via D-LINK router.
The printer is connected to one computer.
How can print to that printer from all my 3 pc’s. 2 are running windows 7 one is windows XP.
Please give detail information how to setup.

Thanks
Ruban.


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#1
March 4, 2011 at 09:07:36
You need to share the printer on the machine its connected to, then on the other machines add a network printer and find the printer on the network. Best if all computers are in same workgroup and you'll need to install xp drivers on the xp machine and win7 on the others of course (you don't mention which machine printer is connected to - if its a win7, then other win7 will automatically pick up drivers, and there is a feature to add other drivers to the machine hosting the printer - so on win7 could probably add xp, but not vice versa - xp doesn't know about later o/s)

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#2
March 4, 2011 at 12:09:28
The problem with the above install is that the computer the printer is slaved to has to be present and turned on for this setup to function. If this is the case then set it up accordingly.

If the printer in question has network access then buy an inexpensive router, set up a network between the three computers and the printer. Load the printer drivers on all three machines and any machine can print to the printer at any time regardless of the status of the other machines.

Good luck.
EDIT: sorry I see you already have a router. Check your printer for network capability and connect to the router. As above the printer driver must be present on each machine.


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