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Network contection I am trying to contect my laptop to the network contection of the BRother printer but it says it says the brother is off line, but the other computer are using it fine...it is not offline.

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Is the printer shared on the other computer or is it a network printer?

If it's shared and it is working on the other computer, simply go into printers and faxes, right click on the printer and select Use Printer Online.

If it's a network printer, your laptop may not know the correct IP address of the printer. In this case I'm going to need to know the exact model of your printer.

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