Can I print from my laptop over my wireless network to the printer connected to my desktop?

by on June 28, 2009

Q: Can I use a printer attached to the home PC from a laptop connected via wireless router? The home PC is hardwired to the wireless router.


4 Responses to “Can I print from my laptop over my wireless network to the printer connected to my desktop?”
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    Yes you can, it’s called “Printer Sharing”. I can post you some links to directions if you’d like. I’ll just need to know what operating system (Vista/XP/etc) is running on each of the computers.

     
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      Home PC has WinXP Home Edition SP2(?)
      Laptop PC has WinXP Pro Edition SP3

       
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    Here you go, let me know if you have any additional questions:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/honeycutt_july2.mspx

     
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    I was able to get this to work but struggled with the “path” to the printer for a little while. The “Add a Printer” example shows a path of \\server\printer. I eventually just entered the IP address of the Home PC and then the printer options showed up. I guess a true Geek would have known that.

    Thanks … Geek-In-Training