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How do i build a local area network in windows xp?

In my home, I have two computers. One is a desktop wired to a Verizon FiOS Wireless router and the other is a laptop that connects to the internet wirelessly via the router. I have one printer, which is wired via USB to the desktop computer. It is not a wireless printer. Both computers are Windows XP SP3. Is there a way to build a local area network such that I can use this printer from my laptop wirelessly? If so, how?

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  • lalalap Dec 02, 2008

    thanks! that worked perfectly.
    last question: does the computer that the printer is connected to have to be on to print from the wireless computer and if so is there a way around that?


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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 smichael@phoenixschool.net and I will see if I can clarify this for you. Happy networking!

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  • jockeyjoc Dec 02, 2008

    I always leave my main machine on so I have never tried this but I am almost for sure that you would need to have it on. By the way please take the time out to rank me on my instructions if you do not mind.

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