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Create a local area network

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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    fredi_utah May 11, 2010

    yeahh it is possible.

    you have to enable windows print and file sharing.

    Then install the drivers on your laptop.

    Have on mind that in order to print your desktop needs to be on.


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You can get a HP x175 printserver. (not expensive.) and connected it between the printer and the router. that way you don't have to have the desktop on all the time.

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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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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