Printer sharing problem

Hi,

I have a home network and am trying to share the printer on my machine across the network. My machine is running XP pro and the rest are XP Home. The network is hooked through a Linksys WRK54G router. I have the printer shared and have given permissions to all.
Now when I reboot or someone shutsdown their PC, they lose access to the printer, so I have to remove it and then add it again logging on as the admin. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks
Scott
sebastian7268Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

brownmetalsCommented:
Hi Scott.

Just to make sure the printer is installed correctly, try these steps:

On your machine, do the following:
Control Panel > Printers & Faxes > delete the pritner
Resinstall on your computer

For the client machines, try this:
Delete the printer from each client.
Reinstall the printer using the following:
Control Panel > Printers & Faxes > Add Printer
Choose Network Printer > Browse > Find YOUR computer and click the plus sign. Select the name of the shared printer > Next
Click YES if asked to install a driver
Default: Select YES if you want the client to use this shared printer for all printing by default
Print Test Page > Finish

Try rebooting the client machine, while your PC is running, to see if the shared printer disappears.

The other suggestion I would offer is get a dedicated print server. Print servers are relatively inexpensive and widely available. Since you're already using a Linksys router, you might consider the print server links below. The advantage of a print server is that it is always on, and everyone that is setup can print to the printer attached to the print server without having to worry about your PC being powered on. The print server can be easily configured and administered from a web browser. A Print Server would also help eliminate trivial issues such as this one.

Wireless Print Servers
http://www.linksys.com/products/group.asp?grid=33&scid=37

Wired Print Servers
http://www.linksys.com/products/group.asp?grid=34&scid=32

I've used the PPSX1 10/100 1-Port Print server in the past. It's worked well for me. It's for a parallel printer connection. If you have a USB printer, then you'd want to consider the PPS1UW.

Hope this is helpful!
Good luck!
Jay
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
sebastian7268Author Commented:
Thanks for the response, I will try the first steps as I am looking to buy a printer with networking in a few days.
0
brownmetalsCommented:
Sounds good! Glad the info was helpful.

Thanks for the answer/grade.

Jay
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Networking

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.