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I have a Brother HL2070N printer. I have 2 computers and want to share the printer. I connected the printer via the USB port to Computer 1 and it prints fine. I set the printer to SHARED. Computer 1 has a direct connection to the internet via a wireless router. Computer 2 shares the internet connection via a wireless card. I cannot print from Computer 2. When I try to Add Printer on Computer 2 it does not see the shared printer.

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Hi there,

Because printers and networks vary, the best instructions for setting up and networking your printer should be in its users manual. Also, your network-ready printer may have come with installation software that can help you share the printer over the network.

There are three main steps you need to take when networking a printer, including the following: Enable the File And Printer Sharing setting, Make the printer available to all users, and Direct PCs to the printer.

For detailed instructions on sharing printers at home, please refer to the "Get Your House In Order" article in the "See Also:" section below.

For detailed instructions on sharing printers in a small business, please refer to the "Select & Share The Right Printer For Your Small Business"

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