How To Share A Printer

File and Printer Sharing

  • We press the “Start” button and go to the section called “Control Panel”.

In the window that appears, go to the section where you can change the parameters of “Network and Internet”.

Go to the “Network and Sharing Center”.

We mark the sub-item responsible for the inclusion of public accessibility to digital signature and printing accessories, we save the changes made.

By following the above steps, you will make digital signatures and printing equipment publicly available to users on the network. The next step is to open access to specific printing equipment.

Turn on sharing

The network may have a device for printing documents and various digital signatures. To be able to perform this task through the network, it is necessary to make the printing equipment available to other users connected to the network.

Enabling Windows 7 Printer Sharing

In this material, we will describe how to configure the printer so that it becomes publicly available on the network from a personal computer on Windows 7. We will also consider the possibility of using network files.

Sharing a specific printer

  • Go to “Start” and enter “Devices and Printers”.

We move to “Access”.

We mark “Sharing this printer”, click “Apply” and then “OK”.

After the steps taken, the printer began to be marked with a small icon, indicating that this printing equipment is available on the network.

That’s all, by following these SIMple steps, you can enable printer sharing in Windows 7. Keep your network secure and use a good antivirus. Also turn on firewall.

How to set up printer sharing in Windows

In today’s article, we will look at how to set up printing to one printer from several computers. If the printer is connected to a network or connected to one of the computers on the network. You can set up printing to it from any device on the same network.

Recently, many printers are available with network support, they can be connected directly to the network and allowed to print to them from any device located on the same network. If the printer does not have network connectivity. It can be connected to any of the computers on the network and configured to be shared so that other computers on the network can print to it. Minus the last option. The device to which the printer is connected must be constantly turned on, otherwise other computers in the network will not be able to print anything on this printer.

Connecting the Printer to the Network.

There are several ways to connect the printer to a network: if the printer supports direct network connectivity. Connect it directly if not supported. Connect to any of the computers on the network, and then configure the printer to be shared with or without a homegroup.

Set up printer sharing without using a homegroup.

If your network has many different devices and everyone needs to print one printer. You can connect it to any one computer, configure it to share and print from all devices. The main thing is to connect the printer to one of the computers on the network, install drivers on it, try to print something.

On the computer to which the printer is connected, in the search bar write Devices and Printers and select them from the results found.

On the printer, which will be used for general printing, right-click and select “Printer properties” from the context menu that opens.

Go to the “Access” tab = check the box next to “Share this printer“, also if you wish. You can change its name, then click “OK”.

Now you can connect printing to this printer from any device on the same network.

Connect the printer directly to the network.

There are general instructions for this method, each printer connects in its own way, some have the ability to connect using a Wi-Fi network, some with a network cable. In general, you need to take the instructions for your printer and see how to connect it directly to the network (if it supports this, of course). On some printers, you plug in the network cable = use the buttons to find the network settings on the display, enter the requested data, after which the printer will be available for connection from any computer on the network. You may not need to enter anything, but SIMply connect the network to your printer. In general, pick up the instructions for your printer or look for it on the Internet.

Below we describe a way to connect to such a printer from any computer on the network.

Set up printer sharing with your homegroup.

First of all, you must connect the printer to any computer on the network, install drivers on it and try to print any document. Then set up general access to this printer.

In the search bar, enter “Homegroup” and press Enter (the homegroup can still be opened in the control panel).

A) If you are in the Homegroup, then you will see a window as in the picture and you will need to click “Change resources to which you are giving access to in the homegroup”.

Next to “Printers and Devices” select “Sharing” and click “Next”.

Now you can configure printing from second computers in this group to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

B) If you are not a member of the homegroup, but it has already been created on your network by the second computer. You will see the inscription “User. B. Created a homegroup on the network” and you can join it. Click “join”.

In the next window, select Sharing in front of “Printers and Devices” and click “Next”.

You need to enter a password to connect to this group, if you DO NOT know it. Look on any other computer, which is already included in this group (through search, open the homegroup = show or print the homegroup password). After entering the password, click “Next”.

Click “Finish”, now you can configure printing from the second computers of this group to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

C) If no one has created a home group on your network. You will see the inscription “There are no home groups on the network”, click below on “Create a home group”.

You will see a familiarization window, it describes some information about the homegroup. Click “Next”.

In the next window, select Sharing in front of “Printers and Devices” and click “Next”.

In the next window, you will see an automatically generated password, with its help other devices will be able to connect to your homegroup. You can write it down yourself, or print it along with instructions. Do NOT be afraid that you will forget your password, you can view or change it at any time. Click “Finish”.

You can close the next window and start connecting the second devices to the created homegroup, and then configure printing from the second computers to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

Connect to the printer from any computer on the same network.

A) If the printer is connected to a computer and you set up sharing using a homegroup, the only thing you need is to set up printing to this printer from second devices. This is to connect these devices to the homegroup. That is, in the search bar, enter “Homegroup” = select it from the results found = Join an existing group = go to “Devices and Printers” and see that there is the printer that is connected to the second computer.

Remember that if you turn off or put into sleep the computer to which the printer is directly connected. You will NOT be able to print!

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B) If you have set up sharing the printer without using a homegroup. You need to write in the search bar Devices and printers = select them from the results found.

Click on “Add Printer”.

In the next window, the system will search for shared printers on the network, if found. You just need to select the desired printer and click Next. If not. You need to click on “The required printer is not in the list”.

Make sure the printer is connected to the network and configured for sharing. You will be offered various options for connecting the printer, the most working. These are “Select a shared printer by name” and “Add a printer by its TCP \ IP address or hostname”. If the printer for which you want to set up printing is connected directly to some computer. You need to find out the name of this computer by sitting at it and go to the system properties. For example, the name of the computer to which the printer d1 is connected, in the line “Select a shared printer by name” write \\ d1 \ when you put the last slash \ an available printer should appear for selection.

Select your printer and click “Next”.

Note: if the computer to which the printer is connected has one version of Windows, and the other computer that wants to print to this printer has a different version. The system may not find the correct drivers. In such cases, it is recommended to install the driver of this printer on the computer, and then reconnect to the printer.

Also, if the printer is connected directly to the network or directly to some computer, you can connect to it knowing the IP address of the printer itself (if it is connected directly to the network) or the IP addresses of the computer to which it is directly connected. If the printer is connected directly to the network, then most likely its IP address can be found on the display of the printer itself. If the printer is connected to a computer and you need to find the IP address of the computer. In the search bar or in the “Run” menu (run by the Winr keys) enter the command control.Exe / name Microsoft.Networkandsharingcenter and press the Enter key.

Next to “Connections” (see figure) you will see the connection that is currently in use, click on it with the left mouse button.

In the next window, click on “Details”.

Opposite IPv4 address: you will see the address you need, which you need to enter when connecting the printer on the second computer.

Now that we have the IP addresses of the computer to which the printer is directly connected, or the IP addresses of the printer itself. Select on the computer where you are connecting “Add a printer by its TCP \ IP address or hostname”

In the “Name or IP addresses” field, enter the IP address and click “Next”.

The search will start, select Found printer and click “Next”.

In the last window, click “Finish” and you can try sending print to a network printer.

I wrote this instruction and was horrified at how big it is, in fact, when you connect the printer, you use one of the methods and read Everything is optional, also the images serve to quickly find the desired answer. That’s all for today, I hope this instruction was useful to you and you were able to set up printing from several devices to one printer. If you have add-ons or know the easier ways. Write comments! Good luck # 128578;

Connecting a printer or MFP with the introduction of Special blocks. Print servers.

This connection method is also used to connect devices described in the first method that have the ability to communicate via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

In this case, the print server performs the function of this very computer, to which in the first method we connect the printer. The print server can be connected to the network, depending on the technical characteristics, either to a wired Ethernet network or via Wi-Fi.

Most often, this connection method is used in small offices, when it becomes necessary to connect a not very new, but good printer as a network.

The advantages of this method include the fact that it is NOT required that someone’s computer is constantly on. Reducing wear and tear on equipment and saving energy. In addition, if you use an MFP and want to use the scanner over the network, then you can purchase a special print server that can work with the scanner.

Configuring access to the printer, connecting to one of the computers on the network.

The method, as already written above, is old, from this perfectly debugged. If your network uses the same operating systems, then it also requires the least action from you.

Let’s start with the computer that the printer is connected to. We go to Devices and Printers through the Start menu (Windows 7), or right-click on the Start button and select Devices and Printers in the context menu that opens. If you are using Windows Vista, then you have a Printers icon in Control Panel. Windows XP is Printers and Faxes.

Right-click on the printer that needs to be shared and select Printer Properties.

In the window that opens, go to the Access tab.

Here we check the box Shared access to this printer, the field Network name: you can leave it alone, except in certain cases, when, for example, you need to make a connection to a shared printer in a Not quite standard way. We will definitely analyze this point in a separate article, since K. Most often this is NOT required.

If you have all computers on the network running the same version of Windows, you can skip the highlighted block below.

Section Drivers. Bringing this moment out in a Separate block, just to give you an understanding of what it is for at all.

This section is used in cases where other computers that will interact with the shared printer are running second versions Windows, as well as versions Windows with a different bit depth. It is not necessary to use it if you are responsible for all computers in the company or at home. Otherwise, you can click Additional Drivers. And add drivers for different operating systems.

If this is not done, then when connecting to the printer from another workstation, if there is a suitable driver in the operating system’s arsenal, you will be prompted to specify the path to the driver, which must first be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

Everywhere we click OK and go to the second computer to which you need to connect a network printer.

We go into the Computer and go to the Network, select our computer and right-click on the icon of our printer, to which we have just opened access.

Click Connect, to the question of Windows about installing the drivers, we answer Yes, and then Done. If during the installation Windows requires a driver, go to the printer manufacturer’s website, download, unpack and indicate the path.

IMPORTANT! If possible, any driver should be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website! If you just look for a driver on the Internet, then there is a high probability of downloading the drivers, and the virus! This is if you already have very old equipment and the manufacturer did NOT bother writing a driver for a new version of the operating system, then it’s all bad and very selectively.

Via built-in network controller.

Most modern printers and MFPs already have a network card installed, which allows the device to be connected to a local network either by wire (Ethernet) or via Wi-Fi. Usually, in this case, there should be no difficulty in setting up such a printer to work on a network. The installation wizard allows you to find a device on the network and install a set of drivers and various applications for it with assistants.

Since this is all automatic, we will NOT go into details. Write in the comments, if someone has any difficulties, we will disassemble.

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Pros. it is a hassle-free connection and you can use the scanner and printer over the network.

The only important point that I would pay Close attention to, it is desirable (not necessarily, but very desirable) to assign a static IP to your network device. This will eliminate those potential situations when the printer suddenly refuses to print out of the blue or the Scanner Scanner due to the fact that the device received a different IP address when turned on. Modern control programs easily solve this problem by connecting to a device by name, and not by address, but from experience I can say that sometimes anything happens.

There are various ways to connect mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to the printer. For this, technologies are used Google printer and AirPrint. In this article we are NOT Disclosing these technologies, because This is a topic for a separate article.

There are three ways to set up printer sharing. How to set up printer sharing

PC connection.

The classic way, which is already very many years old, but, at the same time, it still remains the most budgetary and demanded, especially when it comes to a home network. This is a setting for sharing the printer through a computer to which it is connected via USB or other interfaces.

This method is ideal if you have a SIMple printer that does not have any interfaces for connecting via USB or LPT.

Keep in mind that if you have an MFP, only the printer of this MFP can be shared in this way. The ability to scan remains only with the computer to which your MFP is directly connected.

Connecting printers and MFPs through the Print Server device using the example of TP-Link TL-PS110U V2

Let’s start by setting up the print server itself. The interface is in English by default, so screenshots will also be in English. However, do everything as written and you will be happy.

We turn on the power supply of the print server into an outlet, using the supplied cord, connect the print server to the router or switch, with a USB cable Connect the print server to the printer. And we start setting.

We go into any browser and in the address bar (namely in the address bar, not in the search bar of Yandex or Google, namely the one located at the very top of the browser window) we type the address of the print server, which is 192.168.0.10 by default and press Enter. If the second time does not work, then you need to manually set the IP addresses from the zero subnet on your network adapter. (How to do this?) Most often, this is NOT required unless you are a TrendNet techie. they practice the default networks 192.168.10.0 or Zyxel, which likes 192.168.1.0.

A login and password request should appear on your screen. Enter the login admin (all letters are small), leave the Password field empty. If everything went well, then We should see the following picture:

Go to the Setup section.

Here we change the settings to User the following TCP / IP settings and for convenience we cannot fill in the IP Address field, which is suggested by the manufacturer, and 192.168.0.30, the Subnet Mask. unchanged. Everything else, if you have one network, you can leave it alone. Click Save Restart.

Actually, this is where the print server setup ends, we start the setup on the computer.

We go to Devices and Printers through the Start menu (Windows 7), or right-click on the Start button and select Devices and Printers in the context menu that opens. If you are using Windows Vista, then you have a Printers icon in Control Panel. Windows XP is Printers and Faxes.

Click the Add Printer button

In the window that opens, select Add a local printer.

In this window, select Create a new port: and select Port type: Standard TCP / IP Port.

We set the device address. The port name will be added. The checkbox for polling the printer and select the driver automatically DO NOT check. this is important!

Click Next

Meditating on this picture and wait for the next page to open.

Select Special and click Options.

Select the Protocol. LPR, LPR parameters. lp1, Set the checkbox allowed to count bytes in LPR. Click OK.

Select your printer and click Next.

How To Share A Printer

Click Next

Admiring the window.

Leave everything as it is and click Next.

Optionally, you can print a test page to make sure the printer is installed correctly.

And admiring our correctly installed printer.

In company TP-Link there is also an interesting print server TL-PS310U – this print server can work correctly with the MFP Not only as a printer, but also as a scanner. It is better to make printer settings by analogy with the above example, and in order to work with the scanner, you need to install the included utility. But that’s a completely different story. If someone is interested, write in the comments, I will describe the installation process in one of the following articles.

Set up printer sharing with your homegroup.

First of all, you must connect the printer to any computer on the network, install drivers on it and try to print any document. Then set up general access to this printer.

In the search bar, enter “Homegroup” and press Enter (the homegroup can still be opened in the control panel).

A) If you are in the Homegroup, then you will see a window as in the picture and you will need to click “Change resources to which you are giving access to in the homegroup”.

Next to “Printers and Devices” select “Sharing” and click “Next”.

Now you can configure printing from second computers in this group to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

B) If you are not a member of the homegroup, but it has already been created on your network by the second computer. You will see the inscription “User. B. Created a homegroup on the network” and you can join it. Click “join”.

In the next window, select Sharing in front of “Printers and Devices” and click “Next”.

You need to enter a password to connect to this group, if you DO NOT know it. Look on any other computer, which is already included in this group (through search, open the homegroup = show or print the homegroup password). After entering the password, click “Next”.

Click “Finish”, now you can configure printing from the second computers of this group to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

C) If no one has created a home group on your network. You will see the inscription “There are no home groups on the network”, click below on “Create a home group”.

You will see a familiarization window, it describes some information about the homegroup. Click “Next”.

In the next window, select Sharing in front of “Printers and Devices” and click “Next”.

In the next window, you will see an automatically generated password, with its help other devices will be able to connect to your homegroup. You can write it down yourself, or print it along with instructions. Do NOT be afraid that you will forget your password, you can view or change it at any time. Click “Finish”.

You can close the next window and start connecting the second devices to the created homegroup, and then configure printing from the second computers to this printer. Below we will look at how to do this.

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Organizations can connect two workstations to a single printing device using a switch periphery (a device that SIMultaneously connects multiple PCs to the same device peripheral) or homegroup (an alternative to a Windows workgroup). Use one of THESE methods to allow employees to access the printer from any computer when needed. Users can set a peripheral switch for local printers (which is especially useful if printers do NOT support Wi-Fi) and instead connect to a PC via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable or set up a homegroup to share a wireless network. Printer with both computers on the network.

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Shared Printer

Connect the printer to one of the computers. To your desktop computer, if you have one. With USB A / B cable.

Install the software supplied with the device to your computer. Click Start | Control Panel | Equipment and Sound | Devices and Printers “.

Right click on the icon representing the printer and select “Printer Properties”.

Select the Sharing tab. Check the box next to Share this printer and enter a name for the shared device, or Use the default name. Click OK.

Click “Back” to return to the main control panel. Click “Network Internet” and then “Homegroup”.

Click Create Homegroup and follow the onscreen instructions to SHARE printers on your network. Print or write down the password provided.

Log in to another computer and open Homegroup from Control Panel.

Click the Join Now button and follow the onscreen instructions to connect to a second PC.

Go back to the main control panel, click “Devices and Printers” and click “Add Printer”.

Select “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer” and then “The printer that I want is not listed”.

Select “Select a shared printer by name” and then click Browse. Please select another computer. And then click “Select”.

Double-click the shared printer and then click Next. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

How to share files and printers in Windows 7 HomeGroup

Without a doubt, Windows 7 has caught the attention of a huge number of computer geeks. It is expected to be a big hit after Windows Xp. Here at TrickyWays we’ll try to write all the Windows 7 tips so you guys can get the most out of it.

Windows 7 comes with a great new HomeGroup feature. Which makes it easy to exchange files and printers between computers running Windows 7. Let’s find out. How to Share Files and Printer Using Windows 7 HomeGroup.

Sharing printers and files in Windows 7 HomeGroup involves 3 steps:

Connect to the printer from any computer on the same network.

A) If the printer is connected to a computer and you set up sharing using a homegroup, the only thing you need is to set up printing to this printer from second devices. This is to connect these devices to the homegroup. That is, in the search bar, enter “Homegroup” = select it from the results found = Join an existing group = go to “Devices and Printers” and see that there is the printer that is connected to the second computer.

Remember that if you turn off or put into sleep the computer to which the printer is directly connected. You will NOT be able to print!

B) If you have set up sharing the printer without using a homegroup. You need to write in the search bar Devices and printers = select them from the results found.

Click on “Add Printer”.

In the next window, the system will search for shared printers on the network, if found. You just need to select the desired printer and click Next. If not. You need to click on “The required printer is not in the list”.

Make sure the printer is connected to the network and configured for sharing. You will be offered various options for connecting the printer, the most working. These are “Select a shared printer by name” and “Add a printer by its TCP \ IP address or hostname”. If the printer for which you want to set up printing is connected directly to some computer. You need to find out the name of this computer by sitting at it and go to the system properties. For example, the name of the computer to which the printer d1 is connected, in the line “Select a shared printer by name” write \\ d1 \ when you put the last slash \ an available printer should appear for selection.

Select your printer and click “Next”.

Note: if the computer to which the printer is connected has one version of Windows, and the other computer that wants to print to this printer has a different version. The system may not find the correct drivers. In such cases, it is recommended to install the driver of this printer on the computer, and then reconnect to the printer.

Also, if the printer is connected directly to the network or directly to some computer, you can connect to it knowing the IP address of the printer itself (if it is connected directly to the network) or the IP addresses of the computer to which it is directly connected. If the printer is connected directly to the network, then most likely its IP address can be found on the display of the printer itself. If the printer is connected to a computer and you need to find the IP address of the computer. In the search bar or in the “Run” menu (run by the Winr keys) enter the command control.Exe / name Microsoft.Networkandsharingcenter and press the Enter key.

Next to “Connections” (see figure) you will see the connection that is currently in use, click on it with the left mouse button.

In the next window, click on “Details”.

Opposite IPv4 address: you will see the address you need, which you need to enter when connecting the printer on the second computer.

Now that we have the IP addresses of the computer to which the printer is directly connected, or the IP addresses of the printer itself. Select on the computer where you are connecting “Add a printer by its TCP \ IP address or hostname”

In the “Name or IP addresses” field, enter the IP address and click “Next”.

The search will start, select Found printer and click “Next”.

In the last window, click “Finish” and you can try sending print to a network printer.

I wrote this instruction and was horrified at how big it is, in fact, when you connect the printer, you use one of the methods and read Everything is optional, also the images serve to quickly find the desired answer. That’s all for today, I hope this instruction was useful to you and you were able to set up printing from several devices to one printer. If you have add-ons or know the easier ways. Write comments! Good luck # 128578;

Connect the printer directly to the network.

There are general instructions for this method, each printer connects in its own way, some have the ability to connect using a Wi-Fi network, some with a network cable. In general, you need to take the instructions for your printer and see how to connect it directly to the network (if it supports this, of course). On some printers, you plug in the network cable = use the buttons to find the network settings on the display, enter the requested data, after which the printer will be available for connection from any computer on the network. You may not need to enter anything, but SIMply connect the network to your printer. In general, pick up the instructions for your printer or look for it on the Internet.

Below we describe a way to connect to such a printer from any computer on the network.

Connect the printer to your computer with a USB cable and turn it on.

Open the Settings app from the start menu.

Click “Devices”.

Click Add Printer or Scanner.

5.If Windows detects the printer, Click the printer name and follow the instructions on the screen. To complete the installation. And you did.

If Windows cannot find a connected printer, Click the link “The printer that I want is not listed”.

Then let the Windows troubleshooting guide help you find your printer. It will search for available printers and help you download drivers for them.

If that does NOT work, go to your printer manufacturer’s website and download the drivers and installation tools for your printer.

3 Sharing files and printers

To SHARE your printer, Make sure you select the Share Printer option when creating your homegroup. Now go to Devices and Printers from the start menu and from there set your device to default.

That’s it, now you can easily share files and printers between computers running Windows 7.