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Networking 2 Computers & A Printer

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  1. patryk.sudol

    patryk.sudol Thread Starter

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    I have recently purchased a HP dv4-1125nr laptop that runs on Windows Vista. I also have a desktop computer that is Windows Xp. The desktop computer is connected to a cable modem through a wireless router, a Linksys WRT54G. Though the desktop is connected to the router via wire. The desktop computer is directly wired to a HP Deskjet 3940 printer. My question is basically can I use the router for two functions, internet and printer sharing at the same time. With the laptop, can I share the printer connected directly to the desktop computer(with the laptop through the router and still the router as internet access for both the desktop and the laptop. So basically can I share a printer connected directly to the desktop with the laptop through the linksys router (even if the desktop is off) and still utilize the router as internet access for both the desktop (wired) and the laptop (wireless).
    Here is a really simple schematic of what I want to do:
    http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/9500/networkschematicov5.png
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Sure, that's what networking is all about. I don't see anything in your diagram that poses any problem.
     
  3. Gnomad

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    Actually your answer would be yes and no, yes you can share the printer that is connected to the desktop with the laptop, but the desktop will need to be on for the printer to be recognized on your network.
     
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    Correct Gnomad, I guess I figured that was obvious, I shouldn't assume. :D
     
  5. patryk.sudol

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    So the laptop and computer are capable of "talking" to each other within the router while also maintaining internet connection through the router?
     
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    yes as long as the router is configured correctly
     
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    If you desire being able to use the printer when the desktop's off, consider a Print Server
     
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