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Wireless Printing

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jgtibbs, Feb 12, 2007.

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  1. jgtibbs

    jgtibbs Thread Starter

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    I am definitely missing a part of the puzzle when it comes to wireless printing, i.e. trying to print from my laptop using the printer connected to my desktop. My desktop runs XP Home and it shares broadband Internet access via a Linksys router with my wireless laptop also running XP Home. My printer is connected to the desktop but not to the router. My desktop "network connections" shows two items under LAN and High-Speed Internet: A "1394 Connection" and a "Local Area Connection;" both show as "Connected." My laptop, under LAN and High-Speed Internet shows a "Wireless Network Connection" (Connected) and a "Local Area Connection" (Network Cable Unplugged).
    I have installed the printer driver on the laptop and this printer now shows as shared on both computers. I have run the Network Setup Wizard on both computers...but am stymied by the last dialog box in that process: basically it seems to be saying that the wizard must be run on each computer but since each computer runs XP I should select the last (4th) option, which says "just run the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers." Say what?
    Also, both computers are in the same Workgroup: HOME and I've rebooted both computers after trying all of the above. So at this point, when attempting to print from my laptop, the jobs just pile up in the printer queue and stop there.
    I have read through the responses to Wireless Printing (Liamis2cool, 1/9/07) but clearly I am still missing something. Can someone please tell me what I am missing/doing wrong?
     
  2. pedroguy

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    JG:Welcome to TSG:Just to level set me a bit.
    On your desktop go to control panel/printers and right click on the printer you wish to share.go to sharing and make sure that share is checked and that there is a share name there.If not,name it something meaningful and short,no spaces.
    Co to control panel/system and note the computer name you have assigned to this pc.Note the computer description but the full computer name

    Then,on the laptop
    start/run and type in \\computername(from above).A window should appear which shows the newly shared printer name. Double click it and you will be prompted to create a connection to that printer.

    Hope this helps a bit.
     
  3. jgtibbs

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    Thanks for the suggestion but still missing something. At Start>Run>\\(computername), I get "The network path was not found."
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Try it with IP address instead.

    Start - Run - \\IPaddressOfOtherComputer - OK
     
  5. jgtibbs

    jgtibbs Thread Starter

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    Halleluiah, that did it! Thanks to TSG: TerryNet and pedroguy.
     
  6. pedroguy

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    JG:eek:ur pleasure:please mark this thread closed using thread tools at the top of the page

    Happy Networking
     
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