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How do I share a printer on a LAN with Vista/8 PCS


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I have 5 pcs with 8. The printer is fully installed in a Windows Vista pc.

However only one pc can print correctly. I created a homegroup in this pc and it can print just fine. However when I try to connect the other pcs to the homegroup windows 8 displays say it can do it anymore.

Any help will be very much appreciated.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista, 7 and 8.


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Get a Network Print Server with a USB port, so you can connect the printer to the network, not a dedicated machine. Then you just have to install the driver and/or software for the printer on all machines, then find the Network IP of the printer. It works the same way if you are sharing the printer off of a workstation. You just have to know the IP of the workstation with the printer. Problems that you run into can be the following: Workstation set up with a Dynamic IP, can be changed for their IP's by the router. So you end up loosing connection to the printer. Someone turns off the workstation, you lose connection to the printer.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Google Chrome
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.

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