Printer Sharing on my Linksys Wireless Router

By colonel.sanders ·
Here is the scenario:

My Desktop (running Windows XP PRO) is connected to my Linksys Wireless-B Broadband Router which is connected to my Cable Modem. I have set the router up and I am connected to the Internet. No problems so far. I have also configured 2 laptops (running XP) and 1 other Desktop (running XP) to connect wirelessly to the router and they all access the Internet Flawlessly. Now here is the problem. I have been trying to figure out how to share my Lexmark 7300 (all in one) Printer with all my other computers (wirelessly) which is connected to my Original Desktop. Can anyone help??

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All In Ones Don't Share Well

by TheChas In reply to Printer Sharing on my Lin ...

By default, most all-in-one printers do not share well. The presumption is that they will be used as dedicated printers. After all, you need to be at the printer to copy and scan.

Start by checking to see if the printer has an option to enable sharing.

If so, the next step is to set up a work group for your computers. All of the computers have to have the same work group name and unique computer names.

If you are using a software firewall on your computers, all of the computers may need to be set to fixed IP addresses.

On XP Pro, there is a network wizard that you can run to configure a network between all of your systems. The wizard creates a disk for you to take from the host system to the other PCs in order to set them up.


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by colonel.sanders In reply to All In Ones Don't Share W ...

Yeah I tried the wireless network setup wizard, but that didnt really help. I think I am just going to buy one of those wireless print server devices to connect to my printer.

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another solution

by acimatti In reply to Workgroup

the USRobotics MAXg Wireless Router 5461 has a built-in USB print server, very useful to share a printer in a small network.

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First make sure your printer is shared....

by geek_grrl In reply to Printer Sharing on my Lin ...

You need to first share a printer on the network, just like you share a folder. (I believe you should be able to right click on the printer in Control Panel --> Printers on you main desktop and enable sharing.)

Then it *should* be a matter of installing the printer drivers on the other computers and go through the printer wizard on each to install (choosing to connect to a LAN printer rather than a local printer.)

I did this recently connecting a Vista Home Premium Laptop to an Epson Stylus Photo RX500 which was hooked up (USB) to my WindowsXP desktop. (My computers are networked on a Linksys WRT54G router.) The only thing it didn't do was install some of the extra software because it didn't recognize Windows Vista. But it did install the drivers and when I ran the printer wizard Vista found them and connected the printer.


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by gregg In reply to First make sure your prin ...

Geek Grrl....I have two printers that I want to share with multiple laptops over a wireless network in a residence. All laptops are connecting perfectly with the access points throughout the property. I've found that the HP 2610 multi-function device can be shared. However, I can't seem to get a connection to the printers....any advice?

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