Sharing a printer over a wireless home network
Know more about sharing a printer over a wireless home network using Windows operating system?
The peripheral devices which are used to print documents from a system are known as printers. Printers can be made available over a wired as well as wireless network. Wired printers are those which can be connected to the system through wires and wireless printers can be connected with the use of wireless adapters. Sharing a printer is usually done in small home and business network. Users who have multiple systems in their home or work environment might wish to share a printer with the other systems to save cost and for convenience. Before sharing the printers, you need to select the type of the set-up that you need to make. Some printers, often high-end printers may have the ability to connect directly to a network or have hardware installed into them that enables the printer to be connected to the network.
Below are some of the operating systems in which you could share a printer on a home network:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
In Windows XP, you can share printers with other systems. For this, open the 'Printers and Faxes' option from the 'Printers and other Hardware devices' option in the 'Control Panel'. Then by right-clicking on this option, you can access 'Properties' and select 'Share this printer' option. There, you need to provide a share name and click 'Ok'. You might have a network printer connected to this network and add that printer by selecting the 'Add Printer' option in 'Control Panel'. After this, you can start the printer sharing process.
Printer sharing in Windows XP and Windows Vista are almost same and you can use 'File and Printer sharing' option in this to share the printers. The network location is to be checked for starting this sharing process. You need to check the network type in your system and choose 'Private Network' since you are sharing the printer in the home network. After this, select 'Control Panel' followed by 'Hardware and Sound' and then 'Printers Windows'. Then right-click the printer that you wish to share and click on 'Sharing'. You can change the sharing option and click on 'Share this printer' to share the printer. You can also click on 'Render print jobs on client computers' if you like.
Home Group is the feature used to share printers in a home network with Windows 7 as the operating system. To initialize the process, you need to ensure that both the systems are in the same workgroup. After this, you need to open 'Control Panel' and select 'Network and printer Sharing' option. You can change the properties of the sharing as password protected sharing or customized printer sharing options.
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