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Sharing a local USB printer attached to laptop over wireless 802.11

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I will be running XP or Win2K on a laptop that has built-in 802.11 wireless.

Is it possible to share a printer USB-attached to this laptop via wireless such that other 802.11-capable clients can use it?  If so, how?

Looking for a solution using what I've got instead of obtaining another print-sharing device.

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You should be able to share the printer from the laptop (right-click on printer --> properties --> sharing).  Then, you can add a network printer on the 802.11 Windows clients, and point it to \\yourlaptop\yourprintersharename.

It should work fine.  You might want to try it on a wired network first, to get the hang of it.

- Will
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I'm a wireless newbie - don't I have to do something to first place the two PCs on a common wireless workgroup before they can see each other?  Thanks
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As long as both are on the same network, it should work ok...
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If you are running Norton Internet Security, you may have to relax the settings to get networking to work.  Otherwise, just try to share the printer, and see what happens.
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Update:  Apologies for the delay in reply, I was on busines travel when encountering this problem.

I am home now and no longer have access to the hardware invovled with this question.  However, I do plan to (hopefully this weekend) purchase some equipment for personal use and will be setting up an equivalent situation.

I was post again when I've tried the suggestions.  Thanks for the help
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Wow, didn't know it was that simple, thanks for keeping me on track without wasting time.

I bought a LinkSys WRT54G and am using XP on my local hardwired machine with a Lexmark USB Printer, and an XP wireless client laptop.

I did hit a snag with my McAfee firewall and had to disable it before I could see the shared printer.  That will take more work to make the appropriate hole.

With the firewall off but monitoring I see it uses the IPC$ shared pipe, so I need to unblock this activity through the active firewall.

Thanks for the help!
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I don't know about McAfee, but Norton has a feature where you can set up your allowed networks.  These are the computers that you trust a little bit more.  You should be able to find something about it in the help files.  Search for these words, and you should be able to find something: peer, sharing, shared, shares, workgroup, printing.  Thanks for the points, too.

- Will
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