Wirelss Network w/ Printer

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Thread Starter
Aug 13, 2001
I would like to set up a small wireless/wired network at home. I want to network my desktop, laptop and a printer.

What I have:
1. Desktop: Running Windows XP SP2
2. Laptop: Running Windows Vista Ultimate
3: Printer: HP Officejet L7590
Router: Linksys Wireless G Router (Model: WRT54GS)

The printer has networking capability. It has a built in ethernet adapter.

I would like to setup the network so I can access the computers from each other and be able to access the printer wirelessly. IS this possible with this setup?
Mar 18, 2008
Absolutely! Your router should generally be setup for DHCP by default so set your workstations to automatically obtain an IP address. Set your workstations to be in EXACTLY the same name workgroup.

Configure an IP address for your printer and add the printer to your wokrstaions.
Jan 28, 2001
Here is a network checklist with some good info and guides.
Hope it helps.

Network check list courtesy of Johnwill and Terrynet of the Networking Forum

Here's a networking debug checklist.

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt for the following commands.

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
PING <computer name>

<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
&#8226; Computer Browser
&#8226; DHCP Client
&#8226; DNS Client
&#8226; Network Connections
&#8226; Network Location Awareness
&#8226; Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
&#8226; Server
&#8226; TCP/IP Netbios helper
&#8226; Workstation

Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.

More setup info.

The following assumes that both PCs are accessing the internet through the same router. If your network is different the answers in the first paragraph will be different.

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.


Thread Starter
Aug 13, 2001
From the information below this is what I have done so far.

1. Connected everything
a. Desktop is connected with an ethernet cable to the router
b. Printer is connected to the router with an ethernet cable
c. Laptop is not connected to anything yet (I want to access the network wirelessly)

2. Ran Network Setup Wizard on the Desktop which is running Windows XP SP2
a. I set it to connect through a residential gateway
b. I turned on Printer and File Sharing
c. I selected the printer itself and selected sharing for the printer

3. I have not run anything on my laptop yet (it is running Windows Vista Ultimate)
a. I opened the Network and Sharing Center (Start>Network>Properties)
b. In that windows I selected Setup a Connection or Network and this is where I am not sure which option to select.
1. Connect to Internet (not this one)
2. Setup a wireless router or access point
3. Manually connect to a wireless network
4. Setup a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network
5. Setup a dial-up connection (not this one)
6. Connect to a workplace

I'm not sure which one of these is the right one and I don't want to mess it up.

4. On the laptop in the Network Sharing Center I already tuned on Printer Sharing and File sharing was already on.
a. there is an option for Public folder sharing (what is that?)


Thread Starter
Aug 13, 2001
Any ideas on how to set up the Windows Vista PC to work on the wireless network?


Retired Moderator
Oct 19, 2002
Should be pretty automatic. However, knowing the exact details of the wireless environment would be a big help here. What have you tried?


Mar 23, 2005
Instead of going to Network and Sharing Center click on the "networking" icon in the Notification Area. Select the option that reads something like "Connect or disconnect." The resulting page should show your wireless network (and maybe others); connect to yours.


Thread Starter
Aug 13, 2001
I think the part that I am not setting up correctly is on Windows Vista.

I get to the Network and Sharing Center. I think the option to select is Setup a connection or network, but am not sure what to do in that section to get it to work.

In one of my previous posts I listed what I have done so far.
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