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    printer sharing (XP)

    Does XP allow sharing of a USB-connected local printer attached to one of the machines on the network? Or, is an ethernet connection required.

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    It should, if the printer has been shared.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    Sorry to be dense: Do you mean that if (1) I have a functioning network (all computers can see each other and transfer files among "shared folders") and (2) I can see the printers on another machine and have checked "share this printer" to ON, then (3) despite the fact that the printer is USB connected with a USB cable to the DELL, it should print a page sent from the IBM Thinkpad and pointed to it?

    In other words: I don't have to have an ethernet connection from the printer to the router, a connection to another computer that I can talk to is enough?

    Is this documented anywhere?

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    I think the answer to all your questions is Yes.

    See How to Use Windows XP to Share a Printer with Others on Your Network - straight from the horses mouth.

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    "Is this documented anywhere?" I do NOT know of a site that will so state, but have you tried it?

    Just run the printer connection wizard, Select Network, Browse for Printer, if listed select the printer wanted, and follow the instructions <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Also remember that "ethernet" is a brand name for one of the first networking hardware and software packages. The advanage of the network connection to a router is supported only by those computers that are built for this type of connection and a seperate computer is NOT required. Most printers are connected to a computer and use the NIC for the connection, thus the "Sharing" of the printer. But the connected computer MUST be up and running, where with the router connection just the printer and supporting connection must be running.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    It works and it was SO EASY!!!

    I had ALMOST done everything, but not quite! (A miss is as good as a mile!) And, I'd searched the web about three hours, yesterday, and couldn't find a thing. It was ALL right there in the article you pointed me to! And, I had almost given up and gone to buy a switch... Thank you so very much, again!

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    Re: printer sharing (XP)

    Thanks, Dave.

    I think you said the same thing as Leif, but I'd been doing almost the same thing all yesterday afternoon. Where I failed was that in selecting the printer the first time, I didn't browse for the printer and to get the full network path, but merely kept selecting it from the available printers showing in the "Printers and Faxes" Control Panel. And, I had "Automatically find all network printers" turned on; that didn't let me choose the full path. I think...???

    Anyway, the Microsoft step-by-step illustrated guide did the trick. I'm impressed!

    b.

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