Can't connect network printer to Windows XP laptop
I have a home workgroup. two printers are attached to one computer; a third printer is a network printer, cable-connected directly to the Netgear router. Two XP laptops are wirelessly connected to the network. They connect to all three printers (bring up Add Printer Wizard, browse for printer; printers show up in the Shared Printers window and i can hook up to them). A third XP laptop is also wirelessly connected to the network. When I run the Add Printer wizard, only the Microsoft Windows Network tag shows up in the Shared Printers window. Can't attach any printers. Need to attach all three. can you help?
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FILE SHARING BETWEEN COMPUTERS ON A NETWORKBasicallyif you have a wireless router with several laptops and desktop PCs, which canaccess the Internet at the same time, then you have working network withthe laptop and PC.First makesure the laptop and PC have the same Workgroup name(it may already have Workgroup as the Workgroup name, you can change it if you wish). To changethe Workgroup name open Control Panel - System -click on Computer Name tab - click Change and you can change the Computername then select Workgroup and enter orchange the Workgroup name - click OK and OKagain.Nextenable Sharing on both the PC and laptop open My Computer - right click onthe C Drive - click on Sharing tab - tick Sharing this folder on thenetwork - add a Share name to identify the computer/folder (eg Cdrive on PC).If you donot enable sharing on the drives or folders then they will not be available tothe computers on the network.If you havemore drives, then repeat this for the other hard drive and or CD or DVDdrives.Re-boot thecomputers and you will be able to see the computers on your network through MyNetwork Places.SETTING UP A SHARED NETWORK PRINTER Any printer that isconnected to a computer and is connected on a LAN can be configured so allother computers on the same network can print to this printer. This means thecomputer with the printer attached to it MUST be booted up at all times whenother computers want to access the printer.You need to install theprinter driver on the computer and configure it as a Shared printer.The other computers on thenetwork need to add this printer to their computer.Follow these steps toset-up a shared network printer :-1. Connect the printer tothe computer and install the printer driver.2. Open Printers and Faxes- right click on this printer and click Sharing - click Sharing tab and click Share this printer, and then if you wish you could change theShare name, then click OK3. Right click on theprinter - click Properties - click Print Test Page to confirm printerinstallation.Follow these steps toconfigure the computers on your network :-1. Open Printers and Faxes- click Add a printer - Next - select a network printer, or a printer attached to another computer - Next.2. Select Browser for aprinter - Next3. Click on and expand theMicrosoft Windows Network down to the computer with the printer - Next4. Select Yes for - Usethis printer as the default printer - Next - Finish5.Right click on the printer - click Properties - click Print Test Page toconfirm printer installation.
This is a common issue with XP and later versions of windows. Check that both computers are in the same workgroup. On XP right-click My Computer, select properties, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. On Win7 right-click My Computer, select Properties, click Advanced System Settings, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. If the workgroup name is the same on both machines but neither come up in My Network Places then try changing the workgroup name to something else on both machines and restarting them, this usually clears up that issue. If they still don't show up check that you have Network Location Awareness and File And Printer Sharing turned on on both machines. On Win7 this is checked under Network and Sharing Center, Change Advanced Sharing Options. Make sure that Turn On Network Discovery and Turn On File And Printer Sharing is marked for the current profile (Home or Work, normally). On XP go to Network Connections, right-click the connection for your LAN and select Properties, make sure that File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks is checked. Then, go to Administrative Tools, Services and make sure that the Network Location Awareness service is running. Both machines may need to be restarted after this, but that should fix the issue. If not, please let me know.
Usually this is a networking and firewall problem. Is the computer that is physically connected to the printer set to allow sharing the printer? Have you set the name of the printer to be exactly the same on all three computers? If you are using a better firewall than the basic one in Windows XP, have you set that to accept network traffic from the other computers in your home network? (This has to be done on all of the computers on the network so that they are in the same Workgroup.) Check that you allow bidirectional network traffic.
On the machine that the printer is connected to go to Start>Control Panel>Printer and Faxes>Right click the Printer that you want to Network and Left Click Sharing> Select the Option to Share the printer and Name it something that you wil remeber. On the Laptop go to printers and Faxes select add new printer and select Network Printer. And Choose the second option Put the Name of the Computer that the printer is connected to and then printer name. Example \\Desktop\HpPhotoSmart 8100. Also you will need to check to make sure that both machines are on the same Domain\Work Group. Go to Start>Control Panel >System>Computer Name Tab ( Here verify the Machines Name)> Join or Change Domain>Put the machines on the same Workgroup if they are not, Do the same on the laptop. To test this, on the laptop go to Start>run and type \\Desktop Name and you should see what is able to be shared. Walk thru the steps above to install the printer on the laptop and have the intall cd in the laptop to install the drivers and you should be good to go. I hope this is understandable. If not feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see if I can clarify this for you. Happy networking!
In actuality, a move from XP Professional to Vista Home for example is, from a licensing perspective, a down-grade. Microsoft in their supreme wisdom have removed many of the file sharing features from all "Home" editions of XP and Vista which will prevent you from attaching to printers and devices operating on a domain or even certain workgroups. If this is a new OEM laptop, you may need to pay several hundred dollars to upgrade to Business Ed. or Ultimate Vista. Which will add back the features XP Professional gave you for free.
Are they both under the same network? Can the pc find the laptop under network connections and vice versa? If not, then right-click my computer, go to properties, go to the tab 'Computer Name' click on the button change, and make it part of a workgroup of your choice of name. Do this for both making them part of the SAME workgroup. Then, make your printer shared under that workgroup.
using windows xp on all the computers, when you connect to the printer windows should automatically install drivers.
1. Goto My Computer, Click My Network Places (Explorer Bar). 2. Click View Workgroup Computers (Explorer Bar) 3. Find the computer that has the printer physically connected to it, open it 4. Find the printer and right click it! 5 Select Connect... and wait for the drivers to install.
this should install the print drivers and install the printer on your computer. the printer should now be available in print dialogs i.e. word etc etc and from the Control Panel > Printers window.