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    Connect a laptop to a desktop

    I really doubt is this has been asked before. I purchased a desktop computer for my daughter's family for Christmas. I also have purchased two laptops for
    her two oldest girls. I am giving them my printer which will be connected to the desktop computer. Now my question is, can the girls connect their laptop
    computers to the desktop computer and that way use the printer when they need to print a report or something? Should they save the document to a DVD
    and then insert the DVD into the desktop in order to print? Would that be better? It would be more steps for them.
    Both laptops and the desktop are Windows 7 Home premium 64bit. The desktop is being built here in town. The laptops are ASUS. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Welcome to the lounge. We could probably offer better advice if we knew more. Off hand it sounds like I'd suggest a wireless router for your daughter's home.

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    You have to set up a Home Network and as RockE has pointed out use a router. My cable modem signal goes to the routervia ethernet cable, then directly to our desktop also via ethernet cable. Our printer is connected directly to the router. Out laptops connect to the router via wireless connection. I can print from either laptop and the desktop. There are many ways to set up a home network and share files. Bottom line is a good router is needed for this chore.
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    Hi Ted and RockE. Thanks for responding. All this is all Greek to me. I understand a lot about using a computer and learned a lot online from different forums, but, this router stuff, I have no idea about. Anyway, I am giving them my printer which is an Epson CX8400. I never tried it, but I understand it will print pictures without having it connected to
    the computer, so I assume it will print documents. They just have to have the documents on a memory card or stick. I'll tell them to try that. Don't want to make it any more
    confusing for them than it has to be. If I am confused, they will be double fold confused. Thanks anyway for you suggestions.

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    Just do a Google search "How to network with a router" to find oodles of info on what and how to network. I think oodles is proper English here.

    By the way I'm a gramps as well, and self taught with PC's. Don't let that stop you from getting control of these beasts we call PC's!
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    Every Home, with multiple PC's and a broadband internet connection, should be using a router. That's just "Computers 101".
    It's the only way to get multiple computers on the internet, with just one Broadband Connection.

    I'm a computer tech, but not a Network Specialist. But, I've been told that setting up a Home Network is not all that hard.
    Personally, I use the "Sneaker Net" a lot. That's where you copy something to a floppy disk or flash drive and walk it from one PC to another.
    It's really old school, but it's cheap, uncomplicated and it always works.

    You mentioned putting things on DVD..... Too Slow, Too Expensive and too permanent, for something to be done just once.
    Without a network, a Flash Drive is your best bet.

    By the way, I'm a factory trained Epson tech and if you want to get ink at a great discount, PM me and I'll tell you where I get mine.
    I currently have three Epson printers connected to my own PC. (and one old HP Laserjet Series II)

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    You could also install the printer to the girls laptop for the job at hand.

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    DrWho, what the heck is "Sneaker Net" and will that work for what I am trying to do? Remember I am not the proficient on the computer. Everything I know I learned by trial and error and on different forums. My Epson printer, which I have given to them, has slots for flash drives and memory cards. I think they don't even have to have it connected to a computer to print their documents if they put the documents on one of those two things. Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramps2005 View Post
    DrWho, what the heck is "Sneaker Net" and will that work for what I am trying to do? Remember I am not the proficient on the computer. Everything I know I learned by trial and error and on different forums. My Epson printer, which I have given to them, has slots for flash drives and memory cards. I think they don't even have to have it connected to a computer to print their documents if they put the documents on one of those two things. Am I right?
    I use the "Sneaker Net" a lot. That's where you copy something to a floppy disk or flash drive and walk it from one PC to another.
    Sneaker here is a reference to you wearing sneakers and carrying your data in some disk or flash drive from the computer where you have what you want to move or copy, to the computer where you want it. So, it may work some times, for you, but not what you are looking for .
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    connect a laptop to a desktop

    Okay, I have gotten a lot of help, but some I understand and others not so much. Thank you all for your help, but I think maybe I am making this more complicated than it actually is. I've already given the girls their laptops. I've heard nothing since, I also gave them the printer at the same time. So, come Christmas, I'll see how things are working out. That's when they will get the desktop. Flash drives make a lot of sense to me for what I think they should do.
    Thank you all for your suggestions I will keep them all in mind.

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    Connect a laptop to a desktop
    Just change the title a little; to Connect laptops and desktop to router/modem; and you have your line of inquiry.

    That forms the basis of a network where all computers can "talk" to one another and be able to use a printer installed on one of the computers. If the laptops have Internet connectivity, and its their Internet service, not borrowed from a neighbor's unprotected wireless, the basis for a network already exists.
    Otherwise, if they are being restricted from Internet access, the idea of using flash drives as the transport medium from non-printer attached computer to printer attached computer is a solid one.

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    connect a laptop to a desktop

    Just talked to my daughter, who'e daughters are the ones with the laptops. I asked her how things were going and she had no complaints. Said all is well. I assume they figured out what they needed to do to print, whether connecting the printer to their laptops or using flash drives. No worry any more, I guess.
    If they can figure it out for the laptops, I am sure once they get the desktop they will figure that out too. Thanks for your help, everyone, and I have saved
    any links I got here for future reference. Thanks.

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    I don't know how to close a thread out. Everything is working fine for them. So I am out of it. Thanks everyone.

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    No need to close it, just leave it as it.

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