XP Printer Sharing

Posted on 2006-05-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
Hi, I'm trying to share a printer that is connected to my desktop with my laptop.  I have set up the printer for sharing in the properties, but when I try to search for the printer (network printer) from my laptop, I have no luck finding it.  

I cannot ping my desktop from my laptop (or vice versa), but can only ping the router....

Running XP Pro on both machines, have a Linksys wireless router.....

Any help would be greatly apperciated!

Question by:arunykand
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    Expert Comment

    Do you have some kind of software firewall?  As part of Norton Internet Security or something similar?  Try disabling it first.
    Also, start/control panel/windows firewall and temporarily turn it off.
    Then see from Windows Explorer if you can browse to and see your other computer.
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    Expert Comment

    Is laptop Wireless??...

    Is your router managing a firewall, what route are u using?

    recommend login into router and check out advance options, might find some sort of file sharing rule to block or an option splitting wireless from laptop to cable on desktop...

    and right!. Personal firewall programs could be 100% the problem, double check that.

    also. in START>run>services.msc could look for Windows ICF/ICS and stop and disable, restart computer and try again.

    let us know of results and hope one or a few worked for you


    Author Comment

    Yes, it seems to be my firewall, I shut them down on both sides, and sure enough I was able to pick the printer.  I turned then back on, and sure enough, not able to print.  

    You guys know how to get around the firewall (without turning them off) to be able to print?

    I have a Linksys Wireless G (WRT54G) Router.

    Running Zone Alarm Pro on Desktop, and PC-Cillin on Laptop.

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    That's what I suspected before.

    You'll have to set the options in Zone Alarm Pro.  Open ZAP and look for section to enable local trusted networks (sorry I don't have the software on this pc for specific section.)
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    Accepted Solution

    Look on page 32 of the manual regarding Using the Network Configuration Wizard.

    It will guide you through adding your local network to the trusted zone.

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