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Can't Seem To Share Printer

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    Can't Seem To Share Printer


    New HP 8.1 64 bit laptop. Connected the (non-wireless) Epson printer to the laptop and it automatically set itself up without a CD or any Epson download. Printing worked perfectly. Then I set up file sharing. I wrote down the network sharing key, and specifically turned on printer sharing. I unplugged the printer from the USB port which made the icon disappear from the Devices and Printers page .

    That page listed 2 options for adding devices - Add a Device and Add a Printer. I chose Add a Printer and it found the Epson. I clicked on Add or Next (I forget which), but the Epson icon never appeared on the D&P screen and I was never prompted for that sharing password.

    I then clicked on Add a Device and it found nothing. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I just don't know what.

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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    You are getting Network sharing mixed up with Home Group sharing. You really need to get a Network USB Print Server, that plugs into your router, so that way you do not need to keep one laptop on all of the time.
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    So now I'm more confused than ever. This is my neighbor's new laptop and he told me that now that he has a laptop he'd have to buy a wireless printer. I (stupidly) blabbed to him that a new printer wouldn't be necessary - that we have a Windows 7 tower upstairs that has a wired connection to a non-wireless HP printer. We also have W7 laptop and a combination modem router. I went to the W7 tower, found the network sharing password, and used that password (not my Wi-Fi network password) to be able to share that HP printer with my wireless laptop. I did that a couple of years ago and it seemed like it only took about 10 minutes before I was on the first floor and printing wirelessly to the 2nd floor printer. And I didn't have to buy anything

    I don't know what a network USB print server is, but my neighbor's equipment is essentially that same as mine - the only real difference being that my wired printer is directly connected to a PC tower, whereas his printer is not connected to anything. His Windows 7 tower (which is normally directly connected to his printer) is at a PC shop for repair, but I can't what that would have to do with it. If I can get my non-wireless HP printer to print from my laptop, why can't I get his W8 laptop to print from his non-wireless Epson? Without purchasing anything else.
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    Central IL
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    Just have him get a Network Print Server. They run around $30 for the Netgear units. You plug the printer into the unit, then when you go in and add a "Network Printer" through the printer software on each machine. You only need to turn on the printer, not having to turn on a computer and keep it out of sleep/hibernate mode.
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    Okay.... But please explain why my non-wireless HP printer works without benefit of a Network Print Server?
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    Central IL
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    It all depends on what third party Internet Security software you are running, or only using the Windows Firewall or none at all, when on your personal LAN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    It all depends on what third party Internet Security software you are running, or only using the Windows Firewall or none at all, when on your personal LAN.
    His brand spanking new laptop came with a one month McAfee which I removed, and then enabled Defender. His firewall is Windows. All our Windows 7 PCs use MSE, along with the Windows firewall. Hardly seems like a conflict.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Wait, you have a wireless printer. You do not need a print server. The wireless hardware in your printer should serve as a 'print server'.

    I don't have an Epson, but all wireless printers should work basically the same.

    Once you setup the printer to connect on the same wireless network as your other systems, they all can see it. The only time you would share from a PC is when you have a printer directly wired to a PC. That way, the PC acts as the print server. Of course, you have to have the PC on each time someone wants to print.

    Instead, the wireless printer just sits on the local network and each computer should be able to find it and add it to it's devices. Each PC will have to download the driver for the printer, but that should be an automatic process when it is discovered.

    To have 'advanced' printer services, the manufacturer usually has their own software that could include the drivers or be in addition to the printer drivers.

    Normally, you hook up your USB cable, run the install, setting up the wireless settings and network access code. Then unplug the USB cable and the printer will be discovered as a wireless device.

    Again, no need to share it from any PC. That's the beauty of wireless printers.

    It looks like you did everything correct in your original post, except turning on print sharing on the PC.
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  9. #9


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    As much as I appreciate your reply, I'm sorry - you must have misread something. Both my printer and my neighbor's are non-wireless. I set mine up as a network printer, and I can now have my laptop on the first floor of our house and print to my non-wired HP printer on the second floor. I simply (or so I thought) wanted to do the same thing for my neighbor. I think the thing that threw me off was that a couple of weeks after I set up the printer to be accessible through my wireless network, I also set up file sharing between my laptop and my 2nd floor Windows 7 tower. Since this was all done a few years ago my memories of the exact process I used is a bit fuzzy.

    But I am sure that my HP printer was not manufactured to be wireless, yet that is how it functions with my laptop.
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  10. #10


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Ok, can we clarify this? You have your printer hooked up by LAN or USB cable to your laptop. You then want to, or are, sharing it through the wireless connection on your laptop. Do I understand?
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