Network printing question

Posted on 2004-10-31
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a home network set up with three computers.  ONe of them is hooked up to a printer and I would like the other two computers to be able to print to that computer, also, but I cannot get the other two computers to see the printer that is connected to the first computer.  The other two computers see the first computer, but not the printer that it is connected to.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.
Question by:e0101451
    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    Sharing a printer is extremely easy in Windows xp.

    In Windows XP, click the Start button (bottom left hand corner) and select the Control Panel.
    If not already in the "Classic view", select the Classic view option (upper left corner of the window - you can switch between the classic view and the category view).
    Click on the "Printers" icon.
    Right click on the printer that you wish to share.
    Click the Sharing... option.
    Click on the sharing option and give the printer a name on the network.
    To access a shared folder, you also use the "Printers" icon in the control panel. Click on the "Add a Printer option. Click "Next" in the Wizard that appears. Indicate that you wish to search for printers on the network. Then browser for the printer on the network and select it. You will then be able to print on the network printer as though it is connected to your own machine.

    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    this was fow winxp
    for win98 just make sure you have completed the steps outlined above to activate File and Printer Sharing. Then:

    Click the Start button, move to Settings and select Printers. A window will open listing all of the printers on the local system.
    Move over the icon for the printer you wish to share and click the right mouse button to bring up the menu. Select Sharing...
    The Properties window will pop up with the Sharing tab section open. Click the Shared As option and type in a name for the printer. You may also elect to require a password to access the printer.
    Click OK to close the window. This printer is now shared.
    To access the printer from another computer:

    Go to that computer and open the Printers window.
    Double-click the Add a Printer wizard.
    Choose the Network Printer option and click Next.
    The wizard will display a list of all shared printers on the LAN. Choose the printer you wish to access and click Next again. The wizard will then install the appropriate driver if it is available, or else request that you put in a disk or CD with the driver software.
    Once the wizard finishes installing the software, the printer will appear to your system just like a local printer.

    Author Comment

    I have done this.  The printer is shared.  HOwever, when I choose to print on one of the other two computers not connected to the printer, no printer option for this printer is there!

    Author Comment

    I should add that I have Win2K on the computer that is physically connected to the printer and XP on one of the other computers and Win2K on the third computer.  I am also using DHCP.  Thanks.
    LVL 1

    Expert Comment

    Just for test purposes try getting the IP address of the printer computer

    Click in START>RUN> type <CMD>

    on the command line type IPCONFIG

    you will see the IP address of the Printer computer.

    Now go to the computer that you want to remotely print and install the printer, but instead of looking for it by the name you will use the ip address that you just collected.


    See if it works.

    Author Comment

    This worked!!!!!!  You get the points!!!!  Thanks so much!  Now ... I have a dhcp supplied address ... will I have to redo this each time the ip address changes on the computer connected the printer?
    LVL 1

    Accepted Solution

    If your address is supplied by a home router you can just copy the settings from the IPCONFIG command (ipconfig /all)
    Click on your local area connection properties and change the IP Address from a dynamic to a static one. (don't forget the DNS settings)

    As long as you get the settings right the new static ip shoudn't conflict with your router, and you will never have to edit the settings for your printer again.

    This happens a lot on small home networks with mixed OS (XP home, Professional, 2000), my best bet on this case is the DNS resolution.

    Since windows 2000 uses LDAP for printer discovery, whithout a DNS server to manage the queries to a central LDAP (like active directory) it's very dificult for windows to resolve this information about your printer.

    If you're into technical docs visit here

    Glad I could help you.


    Author Comment

    Thank you ... you've been very helpful.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Lean Six Sigma Project Manager Certification

    There are many schools of thought around successful project management, but few as highly regarded as the Six Sigma and Lean methods. With 37 hours of learning, this training will explain concrete processes for increasing efficiency and limiting wasted time and effort.

    Sometimes you might need to configure routing based not only on destination IP address, but also on a combination of destination IP address (or hostname) and destination port number. I will describe a method how to accomplish this with free tools. …
    Greetings, Experts! First let me state that this website is top notch. I thoroughly enjoy the community that is shared here; those seeking help and those willing to sacrifice their time to help. It is fantastic. I am writing this article at th…
    This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial shows how to tell Microsoft Office that a word is NOT spelled correctly. Microsoft Office has a built-in, main dictionary that is shared by Office apps, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. When …
    Illustrator's Shape Builder tool will let you combine shapes visually and interactively. This video shows the Mac version, but the tool works the same way in Windows. To follow along with this video, you can draw your own shapes or download the file…

    856 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    9 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now