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Printer sharing I am trying to set up printer sharing using one PC in a small network as a print server. I have 2 printers connected to the usb ports on this pc but cannot print to these 2 printers from the otherPC's in the ethernet/IP network. I think I need to indicate the "path" but I'm not getting it right. Can you help? thanks brian

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  • thomaas Aug 18, 2008

    Thanks for the prompt reply and the information was most helpful - I can now print from all PC's to the server printers. I only have one small problem .......

    Printing from the PC's that are independent of the server PC is very slow - even clicking on the properties of any particular printer takes several mins to open and when I click on "print test page" (and all printing) it will also take several mins to print. If I open properties and print a test page from the actual print server PC the speed is normal - prints staight away.

    I am using vista home basic 32.



    thanks

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This is assuming you are using Windows XP.
On the PC that will print to them, go to Printers and Faxes, open the window with them, right click and choose Sharing and Security
Click on the tab that says Sharing, and click the dot in "Share this printer"
Give it a simple name (like Laser1 or Inkjet1)
Click OK, and close the window.

On the other computers that you want to print to it, open My Network Places, Entire network, MS Windows network, <your workgroups name> **it works best if all of the computers in your network are part of the same workgroup**, look for the computer that is hosting the printers, double click it.
You will see the sharde printer name below the computer, right click on the printer and choose "Connect" say yes to the question that comes up about the connection security. When the flashlight goes out, you're connected.

Remember, for it to be a print server, that PC must be on.

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  • Coss Aug 18, 2008

    Ok, couple of questions then.

    What kind of printer?

    What are the stats of the host PC? (memory, CPU etc)

    How are all of the PC connected? (wired connection, wireless. etc).

    You did say that the host PC was Vista Home, which is not the best networking platform (it has some serious flaws in network sharing), and that's probably the cause for the lag in printing.

    If you have a machine that is running XP Pro, or Vista Business, or Vista Ultimate, you'll probably get rid of the lag.



    In a situation like this, I would lean towards doing teh independent print server for the printer. That way it is not dependent on the network hosting services of Vista Home.



    Here's an example of an independent print server

    Wired to parellel port

    http://www.netgear.com/Products/PrintSer...

    Wired to USB port

    http://www.netgear.com/Products/PrintSer...

    Wireless

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...



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