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    I thought I'd finished - printer to go . .

    Very nearly completed setting up my 2 Windows 7 laptops:

    1. They are networked together and each can see the other's files on the Network via a wireless router.
    2. I'm not using the Homegroup (at least I think I'm not !).
    3. Network discovery and File & Printer sharing are both ON.
    4. The same USB printer is installed in each laptop.

    But I cannot Add Network Printer as it isn't found. The local printer is found, but that's all.

    Thanks for any help,

    Martin
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    Martin,

    What brand of Wireless Printer?
    What wireless router?
    Have you checked the router's devices list for the IP address of the printer?
    Have you configured the printer to get it's IP address via DHCP?

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    Hi RG,

    Update and information

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    Laptop 2 to laptop 1 works perfectly - the printer was detected in a few seconds, it installed itself and works.
    Laptop 1 to laptop 2 - doesn't see the networked printer at all.

    I have been through all the file and sharing settings and they are identical.

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    This isn't a wireless printer - it's an attached (USB) printer.

    A curiousness

    When searching for network printers:

    Laptop 1 shows its own local printer only
    Laptop 2 shows Laptop 1's local printer only

    Thanks for any help

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    Martin,

    So you have 1 or 2 Local printers?

    I know with HP printers the cheaper ones do NOT support printer sharing via Windows at least not in XP and earlier. I currently use a Brother 5450DN Laser printer wired to my router via RJ-45 cable and it has it's own IP address. I also have access to my Wife's HP4630 Wireless printer again going through my router.

    Does your router have a USB Printer Port for sharing? This would be a much better way to set up for sharing.
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    MartinM:
    I could be wrong but if the printer is a "USB attached" printer ( 1 printer, 2 computers ), you may have to go through a switch. The reason I say that is when I was on XP ( before I bought a wireless printer and went to win 7 ), I could install the printer software on 2 computers and plug USB printer cables to each computer but they were coming through a switch that I had to manually press a button to "switch" from 1 computer to the other.
    That's older technology so I don't know if it applies here.

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    4. The same USB printer is installed in each laptop.
    It is not clear what your situation is. by printer do you mean it in the MS sense as a printer driver installed on both PC for your physical printer?
    Do you mean you have 2 identical physical printers one attached via USB to each PC?
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    The only problem I used to have with having 2 computers sharing one USB-attached printer was that the computer it was attached to had to be on all the time so the second computer could print. After having 3 printers on different computers I finally got somewhat smart when one failed and got an Ethernet Inkjet and an Ethernet Laserjet, both are connected by cable to the Router and all computers I install the software on, Wired or Wi-Fi, can use them through the Router. They work with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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    Sorry if I haven't been clear !

    I have one USB printer and 2 networked laptops. The printer driver is installed on both laptops and when either has the printer plugged in I can print "locally".

    If the printer is plugged into laptop 1, I can print from laptop 2 via the wireless network between the laptops. From laptop 2 simply went to "Add a printer, then "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" and laptop 1's installed printer came up in the list, I clicked it and it was installed.

    When I try and set up the reverse situation from laptop 1, I do "Add a printer, then "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" and laptop 2's installed printer does not show up in the list .

    As I said earlier, the laptops themselves are successfully networked and are sharing files without any problems.

    Thanks
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    Martin,

    Ok, Try uninstalling the printer on the machine it is not connected to. The reason for this is that the printer driver has the port set to the USB port. Reboot. On the computer with the printer attached make sure you have the Printer SHARED. Now on the machine w/o the printer use the setup printer to search for the printer on the other machine. HTH
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    I'll try that tomorrow - it's late here !

    PS "make sure you have the Printer SHARED" how do I do that ?

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    Martin,
    1. Open Devices & Printers.
    2. Right-Click the desired printer icon.
    3. Select "Printer Properties" {NOT Properties}.
    4. Select Sharing Tab
    5. Check the "Share this printer" box.
    6. Provide a Share Name.
    7. Click OK.

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    HTH
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    That was it !
    Thank you once more RG (you've helped me several times with Excel too)
    Now to re-set all those things I changed unnecessarily . . .

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