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By bnetreader5210 ·
How can my desktop and laptop share the same printer (an HP Deskjet 882C)? Also, if they are sharing the same printer do I have to shut everything down when disconnecting/reconnecting my laptop? Thank you!

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by Ann777 In reply to Networking home office

Both the computers need to be in the same network or workgroup. Essentially you need network adapters and a crossover cable between the two computers OR a hub and regular cables connecting your computers to the hub.

Depending on the OS that you have installed, you should be able to go to Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Network and on the first tab you shoud see a button to enable File and Printer Sharing. Answer the two questions and save/reboot.

Then go to Start --> Settings--> Printers and find your printer. Right Click on it and create a Sharename. OK. etc.

Whenever you wish to use the printer the computer with the local connection to that printer must be powered up.

The other computer must be on the network and you may need to install printer drivers for it directly if it is a different version of Windows. You would install it as a network printer and browse to your first computer.

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by Ann777 In reply to Networking home office

And no if your desktop has the printer, you do not need to shutdown the desktop to re-connect or dis-connect the laptop to this network.

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by VinnyD In reply to Networking home office

Use an electronic printer switch box.

They have them that can connect 2 computers to one printer.

As long as both computers do not need to print at the same time this works.

This is the easiest soluction instead of getting network cards, a hub, and installing the network software.

Now if you already have the nic cards and hub, use answer 1 and network the printer.

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