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how to share printer over internet?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kbrooks, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. kbrooks

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    Hello all.

    I have a laptop running Windows XP with Wi-Fi access. I have a desktop running Windows XP with a cable modem. There is no router in. I would like to share my printer that I have connected to my desktop over the Internet so that I can print from my laptop anywhere.

    Does anyone here have any concrete, non-RDP idea, that will enable me to do this in a secure way such that no unauthorized person will be able to print junk, porn and the like on my desktop printer?

    Kyle Brooks
     
  2. bbearren

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    On your desktop, in Control Panel double-click on you network connection and select "Properties". Click the "Install" button and install "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks." OK your way back out. If it's already installed, that's fine. In Printers and Faxes, select your printer and then "Properties". On the "Sharing" tab, check the box for "Share this printer".

    On your laptop, under Printers and Faxes, click on "Add Printer". Navigate to your desktop printer and select it. You may need to install printer drivers on your laptop, so have the printer driver CD handy.
     
  3. JJ84

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    afaik you can set up Win XP for secure remote access in a similar way to how you allow ports for programmes such as TS2 and P2P progs. I believe the means are already inbuilt into Windows' standard network printer and utility sharing.

    If you give me a few minutes I will try to find you a tutorial, but I'll need to know a couple of things:

    1. Do you use a router
    2. Have you already set up a home network and allocated the printer as a shared item
     
  4. kbrooks

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    @bbearren: The computers are NOT networked.
    @JJ84: See above.
     
  5. JJ84

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    KK, give me a few mins
     
  6. kbrooks

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    <disregard>
     
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    The desktop computer has ITS OWN connection to the internet via cable. and the laptop uses a Wi-Fi network around here (not at home).
     
  8. JJ84

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    Are you running XP Pro or XP Home?
     
  9. kbrooks

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    XP Pro. Btw, how do you get to posts so fast? (sry for hijacking thread but just wondering)
     
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    Stick a Wi-Fi card in your desktop and setup a wireless network. You don't want to route your printer traffic across the internet
     
  12. JJ84

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    With XP Pro there is no need to route it fortunately, Remote Desktop solves that. Having a Wi-Fi card in your PC doesnt help as soon as you are a short distance from home so if you are in a wireless hotspot and want something printed waiting for you when you get home its much easier to remote access the Desktop/PC. The only dificulty comes if you do not have XP Pro as Home does not include remote desktop, therefore in that case you need to manually configure and route access which is complicated.
     
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    Another helpful shortcut which is briefly explained in the Remote Desktop setup instructions:

    At the bottom of the tut it talks about setting up a domain, which is great, especially if you do not have a static IP as it gives you an easy reference to connect to your PC. The easiest way to do this is via www.dyndns.org Here you can set yourself up with a free account and dynamic DNS which you can then use to connect to your computer remotely without needing to type in a complex and ever changging IP every time. Also, dyndns.org provide you with a free piece of software which will update your home PC so you will be able to remote access via your domain even when your IP changes. All in all a great little shortcut :)
     
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    Haven't tried this; I'm just typing from a short blurb in PC World magazine. If you try it, let me know the results, please.

    Want to print a document directly on a pal's printer, anywhere in the world: If you're both online, you can do it with PrinterAnywhere (find.pcworld.com/55532). The free utility installs on both PCs, and you can choose the PrinterAnywhere printer from any application.

    An encrypted version of your file shoots through the Net and outputs on your friend's printer. Turn the idea around, and you can share your printer with anyone. The program is ideal for sending confidential documents, and unlike e-mail your file can't be forwarded.
     
  15. JJ84

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    Great find :) I'll have to give it a go sometime.
    If you find a third party remote desktop access prog/interface on your net travels, please let me know! Could do wonders for anyone without XP Pro or one of the new high end Vista OSs

    JJ
     
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