Print from PC using wireless laptop

  Diemmess 15:32 09 Apr 09

In English:

I have a Desktop hardwired to a router with USB to a printer.
Also a laptop which connects wirelessly to the internet via the same router.

Is there a simple process where (provided both computers are booted) I can print the document I have in the laptop, to the live printer which is controlled by the desktop?

Both computers use XP pro.

  Woolwell 15:39 09 Apr 09
  DJ-Garry 15:40 09 Apr 09

I think you have to set the desktop up for printer sharing first ... then install new printer on the laptop and so a search for a network printer ... It should find it, install the drivers and then work ....

I think that's how I did mine

  Diemmess 17:39 09 Apr 09

Thank you both.
When I read the link I thought this will fix it....
It didn't!
Since then I have been all around the Wrekin going nowhere.

I think I lack a grasp of fundamentals and would like to be educated!
The desktop has a LAN set up with a hard wired connection to the router. I have set it to share the default printer.
Now it gets tricky!

The Laptop talks with the router and picks up a good signal, Internet no problem.
I have failed dismally to make it look for a different printer outside its introspective self.

The printer is already installed on the laptop but shows to be offline. (Not surprising since it has no wired connection with the laptop).

So what is the theory that the laptop should find a printer on another computer, when the only connection is wireless?


I presume I

  Marko797 18:18 09 Apr 09

until mgmcc kindly posted this solution a while back. It cured my prob, so hope it helps:

Windows XP - Network Printer Setup
1) Connect the printer to the "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". In the client's "My Network Places" (or Network Neighborhood), the printer should then appear as a shared resource of the "host" PC along with any shared folders. Double clicking the printer in the remote PC should automatically install it as a "network printer" in the "client". This means that the "client" now has the same printer installed twice - once as a "local" printer and again as a "network" printer (with a bar under the icon to indicate a network device). If you are always going to print via the network, you may want to set the "network printer" as the default.

Otherwise, have a look at this Microsoft article. It is an old article written for Windows 95, but the basic principle for installing the network printer should still be valid.

click here;en-us;141839

Windows Vista - Network Printer Setup
1) Connect the printer to the Vista "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board.

2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". Make a note of both the host PC's "Computer Name" and the printer's "Share Name".

3) In the Vista "client" PC, launch the "Add a Printer" wizard and select the "Add a local printer" option. This automatically opens a new dialog box in which to select the Port.

4) Click the "Create a new port" radio button and leave the drop-down menu options on the default of "Local Port". Click Next.

5) A small box opens in which to enter the Port Name. Type in the path to the "shared" printer in the host PC using the format \\computername\sharename where computername and sharename are the details you noted in (2) above.

6) Select the Printer driver from the list provided, which should include the driver you originally installed, otherwise use the "Have Disk" button to install the correct Vista driver if it is not in the list. It is essential that a Vista-compatible driver for your printer is used. Click Next.

7) Give the printer a name and choose whether to set it as the default. Click Next.

Print a test page to verify functionality and then click Finish.

  Woolwell 19:21 09 Apr 09

Sometimes it helps to turn off your firewall when setting it up.

  piddletrenthide 21:57 09 Apr 09

The Desktop and the Laptop need to be networked in order to share the printer. Can you see the Desktop from the Laptop in My Network Places? If so, double click it and you should then see the Printer as a dropdown. If not, you need first to run the Network Setup Wizard on both computers.

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