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How do I link up 2 computers to one printer

By MongBoyJeff ·
My Desktop computer crashed,but,I was able to recover everything except linking the Desktop PC to my Laptop for Printer Sharing. The way I set up my Laptop now is that if I have to print anything, I pull the USB out of my Desktop and plug it into my Laptop, which is ridicules. I've tried Printer Sharing from my Desktop, but, I'm not geting anything. There's a step I'm leaving out,but, I just don't remember. The Laptop,Desktop and printer are all within 4 feet of each other,but, if I want to use the laptop with my PCI Card upstairs to print, I can't.
I'm on a Cable Modem and Wireless Router.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
jeff

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by TheChas In reply to How do I link up 2 comput ...

1. All computers must be in the same workgroup for printer sharing to work.

2. If you are using a firewall, you need to set it to allow the laptop to access the PC.
(Usually, you need to allow the laptop's IP address to access the PC.)

Chas

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by MongBoyJeff In reply to

Hi Chas,
Did that. The DeskTop & Laptop IP Address are the same.
Thanks for the fast reply.
Jeff

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by TheChas In reply to How do I link up 2 comput ...

Common IP addresses do not sound correct to me.

There should be part of the device address that is different for each PC on the network.

From Explorer, or Network Neighborhood, can you browse from each computer to the other?

Check out the tutorials at www.wown.com
They helped me get my home network running.

If the computer name for the PC with the printer changed, you need to start over again on installing a networked printer on the laptop.

Chas

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by MongBoyJeff In reply to

Thanks Chas,I'll check out wown.com. I almost had it,but,I received a driver error.
Anyway, I had to do a "Go-Back" on both PC's, so now I can start from scratch.
Thanks again.
Jeff

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