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How Can I connect my new Laptop to my printer

By MongBoyJeff ·
I have a Cable Modem and Router. The Router has 4 slots and the 4th slot is for my Laptop. My printer is an All in One HP D 135. The USB Cable is connected to only one computer(The one I'm using now). My question is this: Can I place my Laptop which is in my Router on the same printer without another USB? I called My ISP who told me to take a walk, then I called Dell who told me to call HP. I called HP and was on the phone for at least 3 hours, placing my HP CD into my PC CD Rom and used it as a Network. HP never said click "Add a computer", they just kept me going round and round until I just gave up. The HP printer only has one USB port anyway, so there's nothing to plug into. Is it possible to really create a Network using what I have? Even If I was crazy enough to buy a cheap InkJet(We have 3 printers now, 2 HP Lasers and the HP All in One). By the way, the Laptop is a Desktop replacement. I made a huge mistake buying this, but, we live and learn the hard way.
Any advise would be most appreciated.
Thanks.
Jeff

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by johnmaxy In reply to How Can I connect my new ...

please explain, would you like to share the printer, so you can print also with the laptop?, or would you like to connect the laptop ON the printer to access the network? To vreat a network and sharing the printer is not that difficult...

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by MongBoyJeff In reply to

John,
I'd like to share the printer so I can print from my Laptop, but, I'm open to any advise.
Thanks.
Jeff

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by BudTheGrey In reply to How Can I connect my new ...

Sharing the printer over the network should not be a real big deal. Presuming the network is otherwise functioning (i.e. machines can see each other), simply go to the the machine that has the printer connected, right click on the pritner and choose "sharing".

Be forwarned that in this mode, it is likely that you will *only* be able to print from the laptop; the advanced functions such as scanning, fax, etc will probably not be available.

The other option is to simply but another USB cable and unplug the printer from the current computer and plug it into the laptop.

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by MongBoyJeff In reply to

Bud,
It's not worth giving up my fax and scanner as a "Trade Off" to print on my Laptop. The other idea isn't really good,but, I do appreciate your fast reply.
Thanks.
Jeff

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to How Can I connect my new ...

One of your home pc's can have the all in one printer as a local machine device with full sharing over the network. After you have this established, set-up your laptop as a pc on the network. When you want to print using the laptop you would send printing to the network printer and the host pc for the printer would do the print jobs. From the host you would still have scanner and fax abilities.

regards
rick

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by MongBoyJeff In reply to

Hi rick,
This is an interesting because my printer's USB is plugged into one computer. This computer has an extra USB Port in the front. My Laptop now is plugged into the Cable Modems Router only. I would take a new USB Cable wire, plug it into the Laptop and then plug the other end into the Desktop computer.
Rick, how would I change my Desktop Computer's Printer into sharing? Also, om my Laptop once the USB in plugged in, do I place "Add a Printer"? I'll print out this answer and e mail you if that's okay, it sounds pretty good.
Thanks.
Jeff

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