Share a Printer?


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Artreid

I'm trying to share a printer and cannot not.

I click Start/Devives and Printers, R-click on my HP Photosmart C5280 in
the printers list. I than click on its Properties and there is tab that
allows me to choose sharing?

What am I missing?

Win 7 Ultimate, Intel I7, 16Gb, 2M Vid, 80Gb 10K C:, 750Gb E:
 
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Artreid

Has anyone been able to use Homegroup to setup and Share a printer between
computers?
 
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...winston

Are both machines Windows 7 ?
- Homegroup is Windows 7 to Windows 7



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"Artreid" wrote in message
Has anyone been able to use Homegroup to setup and Share a printer between
computers?
 
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Paul

Yousuf said:
Try this:

Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/


Yousuf Khan
The difference being, that's a workgroup recipe.

At the moment, we know one of Art's machines is Windows 7, but not
what the other one is (I assumed it was Windows 7, but I see there isn't
actually proof of that). If they're both Windows 7 machines (all machines
on the LAN using the same OS), then a Homegroup could work out. If it's
a mix of machines, then perhaps using the same Workgroup, same accounts
and same passwords for the sharing, would be the answer.

Paul
 
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VanguardLH

Artreid said:
I'm trying to share a printer and cannot not.
Share from Windows 7 to WHAT?
I click Start/Devives and Printers, R-click on my HP Photosmart C5280 in
the printers list. I than click on its Properties and there is tab that
allows me to choose sharing?
Is your question that there is a sharing tab (and you don't expect one)
or that there is not a sharing tab (and you expected one)?
What am I missing?

Win 7 Ultimate, Intel I7, 16Gb, 2M Vid, 80Gb 10K C:, 750Gb E:
That's the source host where is your printer. So to WHAT are you trying
to share that printer?
 
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VanguardLH

Artreid said:
Has anyone been able to use Homegroup to setup and Share a printer
between computers?
Homegroups are Windows 7 specific. They only work between Windows 7
hosts. If you want to share a device to a host running some prior
version of Windows then you need to define a workgroup on the Windows 7
host since that is the construct understood by prior versions of
Windows.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...mputers-running-different-versions-of-Windows

Also, on the local host where you want to access the shared printer, did
you install the drivers for that printer? In order to communicate with
the device means you need to have the driver for it on the local host
you are using to access the shared device on a remote host.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Share-a-printer
(expand the "To print using a shared printer" section, see the Note)
 
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SC Tom

Artreid said:
I'm trying to share a printer and cannot not.

I click Start/Devives and Printers, R-click on my HP Photosmart C5280 in the printers list. I than click on its
Properties and there is tab that allows me to choose sharing?

What am I missing?

Win 7 Ultimate, Intel I7, 16Gb, 2M Vid, 80Gb 10K C:, 750Gb E:
Do this:

http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/7527-networking-printer-attached-win-xp-pc-win-7-a.html

and you can share that printer easily with just about any mix and match of Microsoft OS's. Works great for me, and
doesn't require Homegroup at all.
 
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Ken1943

I'm trying to share a printer and cannot not.

I click Start/Devives and Printers, R-click on my HP Photosmart C5280 in
the printers list. I than click on its Properties and there is tab that
allows me to choose sharing?

What am I missing?

Win 7 Ultimate, Intel I7, 16Gb, 2M Vid, 80Gb 10K C:, 750Gb E:
I have a printer on a 64bit machine. I believe that the drivers will be
copied to another 64bit machine when you try to share. On a 32bit machine
you have to install 32bit drivers.
The interesting part is that when you install the drivers, they look for
the printer and install the printer on THAT machine. Just happened to
me, I had to remove the printer and then search for the network printer
on the other machine.


KenW
 
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VanguardLH

SC said:
Do this:

http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/7527-networking-printer-attached-win-xp-pc-win-7-a.html

and you can share that printer easily with just about any mix and match of Microsoft OS's. Works great for me, and
doesn't require Homegroup at all.
I believe that solution relies on visibility of the device (i.e., you
can see it as a shared resource on the host but you obviously need to
also see that host) and using a UNC path to the device. In that
article, the printer is accessed by using:

\\<hostname>\<sharedprintername>

If you can't see the host then its resources won't be available. If you
can see the host then you use a UNC path to its shared resource. UNC
pathing gets around having to use the proprietary addressing protocols
used by Microsoft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Naming_Convention#Uniform_Naming_Convention
 
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Roland Schweiger

"Artreid"
schrieb im Newsbeitrag ----
Has anyone been able to use Homegroup to setup and Share a printer between
computers?
----

Printers come in many different configurations and sharing can be tricky.

But one of the mistakes that is often made, is the point, that the users in
your local network who want to USE the shared printer,
have to be logged onto the machine on which the printer is shared.
If on one of the client machines, you click the network icon, find the
computer name of the "host computer" and then log in with a
username/password of the host computer,
you will most likely see the printer and be able lo use it.

However, printer sharing via a "host computer" is often slow in performance
and depends much on the way drivers are written.

It is generally better to place a printer directly inside your local network
for instance by directly connecting it to a router, switch, hub or similar
device.
This makes it much easier for client computers to use it.

greetings

Roland Schweiger
 
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SC Tom

VanguardLH said:
I believe that solution relies on visibility of the device (i.e., you
can see it as a shared resource on the host but you obviously need to
also see that host) and using a UNC path to the device. In that
article, the printer is accessed by using:

\\<hostname>\<sharedprintername>

If you can't see the host then its resources won't be available. If you
can see the host then you use a UNC path to its shared resource. UNC
pathing gets around having to use the proprietary addressing protocols
used by Microsoft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Naming_Convention#Uniform_Naming_Convention
I believe you are right in that you use UNC. Once the printer is set up as shared on the host, you're just mapping a
path to that printer from the client PC. No drivers are necessary on the client since it is using the drivers on the
host to print through.

I never tried this with PC's of mixed "bitness", so I don't know how well it would work in that scenario. All my
machines were 32-bit. (I didn't think of that until I read Ken's post).
 
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Char Jackson

Printers come in many different configurations and sharing can be tricky.

But one of the mistakes that is often made, is the point, that the users in
your local network who want to USE the shared printer,
have to be logged onto the machine on which the printer is shared.
I haven't found that to be the case.
If on one of the client machines, you click the network icon, find the
computer name of the "host computer" and then log in with a
username/password of the host computer,
you will most likely see the printer and be able lo use it.
That's one way, but not a common way. What I usually see is a scenario
where a printer is attached to a host and then shared to any other
host on the network. No logon required.
However, printer sharing via a "host computer" is often slow in performance
and depends much on the way drivers are written.
I haven't seen a speed difference between network-based printing and
host-based printing. Even if there was such a difference, most people
won't know or care. Printing is rarely a time-sensitive task, with
some exceptions for business users.
It is generally better to place a printer directly inside your local network
for instance by directly connecting it to a router, switch, hub or similar
device.
This makes it much easier for client computers to use it.
Most of the cheap printers out there don't have an Ethernet port, and
most routers don't have a USB port. I haven't seen a single switch or
hub with either type of port. Speaking of hubs, I can't remember the
last time I saw one.
 
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Char Jackson

I believe you are right in that you use UNC. Once the printer is set up as shared on the host, you're just mapping a
path to that printer from the client PC. No drivers are necessary on the client since it is using the drivers on the
host to print through.
The first time you connect to that printer, it should warn you that
continuing will cause a driver to be installed on your local machine.
You have to click OK to allow that to happen or you won't be able to
print. The driver gets copied from the printer's host.

If you know the printer will be used with different versions of
Windows, especially 32 vs 64 bit, you can install additional drivers
on the printer's host PC. With multiple drivers installed, connecting
systems will automatically copy and install the right one.
 
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Artreid

Both are windows 7.

I've been trying follow all the info required and still can't get this to
work.

It seems what should be the easiest method is not (at least for me). Setting
up a Homegroup, signing into it on both computers and seeing a shared
printer has not happened on my end.
 
A

Artreid

No have not installed drivers on local host as nowhere in all the HELP files
out there, does it tell me I should have. I will install the drivers on the
local host and give it a try.
 
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Artreid

"VanguardLH" wrote in message
Artreid wrote:



Share from Windows 7 to WHAT?

- Trying to share an HP Photosmart connected to my Main Desktop computer via
a USB cable with my Laptop which I use on my wireless network, (Both
machines are on the same Netgear router)


Is your question that there is a sharing tab (and you don't expect one)
or that there is not a sharing tab (and you expected one)?

- managed to locate the Share button (not under Properties, but under
Printer Properties) for the HP Printer.


That's the source host where is your printer. So to WHAT are you trying
to share that printer?

- Laptop to share Desktop USB printer...
 
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SC Tom

Char Jackson said:
The first time you connect to that printer, it should warn you that
continuing will cause a driver to be installed on your local machine.
You have to click OK to allow that to happen or you won't be able to
print. The driver gets copied from the printer's host.

If you know the printer will be used with different versions of
Windows, especially 32 vs 64 bit, you can install additional drivers
on the printer's host PC. With multiple drivers installed, connecting
systems will automatically copy and install the right one.
You may be right; it's been a while since I had my old printer hooked up this way (I bought a wireless one, handled
through my router, after the old PSC2355 died). I do remember that it took such a short time to set up that I was amazed
that it worked so well :)
 

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