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Networking/Printer Sharing

by NLancette / December 4, 2008 11:23 AM PST

We recently bought a Dell XPS desktop with Windows Vista. It currently receives internet connection through a device we actually install into our electrical outlets. Another computer (HP - also Windows Vista)receives it's connection through a modem/router that our internet provider has set up for us. Both computers work very well. As far as we know, both computers are networked together although I'm not so sure they are totally recognized on the network map.

A Samsung printer is attached to the HP. It also works well. It works well when connected to the Dell as well.

What I am trying to do, however, is to operate the printer from the Dell while the printer is yet attached to the HP. Is that possible? Is there something I need to do to configure the ports? Any advice?


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by everythingdaniel / December 6, 2008 8:56 PM PST

Check the group name "Default is 'MSHOME'" both computers need to be the same.

In networking properties Check IP that the individual computers have the same subnet "" address

Also check the third number in the IP address, (192.168.X.X) <- do the two computers have the same address except the last digit?

If everything above checks out, then the two computers are on the same network and they should be able to talk to each other. It is easier to setup file sharing, so I would set that up first to see if the computers can talk, then try the printer.

Hope this helps!

--Daniel L

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Don't forget to share the printer
by Steven Haninger / December 6, 2008 9:25 PM PST

Right click on the printer icon in Start/Settings/Printers and Faxes and enable sharing. A hand should appear under the icon. That needs to be done before you can set it up on the other PC.

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