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Network printer question
« on: 14 March 2018, 08:34:06 »

Set up:-

PC ethernet, printer connected to PC by USB.

Laptop, tablets and phones wireless.

Wireless devices can't  see printer on network.

What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #1 on: 14 March 2018, 08:42:40 »

Is network sharing enabled?  Also you may need to share the printer over the network.  Configurable in device settings.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #2 on: 14 March 2018, 08:46:27 »

Is network sharing enabled?  Also you may need to share the printer over the network.  Configurable in device settings.

I thought I had, but will double check, might have had a senior moment :(
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #3 on: 14 March 2018, 08:55:35 »

Is network sharing enabled?  Also you may need to share the printer over the network.  Configurable in device settings.

I thought I had, but will double check, might have had a senior moment :(

Checked, yes everthing seems to be set up correctly, network sharing enabled, printer sharing enabled.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #4 on: 14 March 2018, 09:17:34 »

I've never tried attaching a tablet/phone to a printer, but the computers should be easy. I'm assuming they are all Windows?

Computer with Printer attached....
Hold down the Windows key (Start key on KBD) and tap R
A 'run' dialogue box will appear. Type
cmd
into the box (command on a seperate line to aid reading) and click OK.
A black box will appear, enter the following command
ipconfig /all
A load of text should appear in the black box.
You will probably need to scroll up in the black window. The first entry should be 'Host Name' after which there should be the computer name. To make life easier, lets say it's called 'PC-Print'.

On the computer without the printer....
Hold down the Windows key (Start key on KBD) and tap R
A 'run' dialogue box will appear. Type
\\PC-Print
Click OK (Replace PC-Print with the name of the computer got from the previous step).
All going well it should show a window with devices shared on that computer. If it does, a printer should be listed, if you use the right mouse button and select 'connect' it should install the printer. It may ask for drivers, especially if this PC is running a different version of Windows to the printing PC.

This should work with a few exceptions, such as Windows Firewall issue, permissions issues or mismatched workgroups.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #5 on: 14 March 2018, 11:58:09 »

Sounds like you haven't connected the printer to your router, Barry. If you had, there'd be no need for a physical connection between your PC and the printer.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #6 on: 14 March 2018, 14:49:55 »

Sounds like you haven't connected the printer to your router, Barry. If you had, there'd be no need for a physical connection between your PC and the printer.

How do I do that?

Its only got a usb connection.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #7 on: 14 March 2018, 15:41:13 »

Sounds like you haven't connected the printer to your router, Barry. If you had, there'd be no need for a physical connection between your PC and the printer.
Needs to be a Network or WiFi Printer to do that, as said USB to the PC, PC is on the Network with the correct Permissions then just Share the Printer over the Network.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #8 on: 14 March 2018, 15:45:51 »

Just a suggestion,  Barry, but WiFi printers are not expensive and would make life much easier for you.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #9 on: 14 March 2018, 16:17:20 »

Sounds like you haven't connected the printer to your router, Barry. If you had, there'd be no need for a physical connection between your PC and the printer.
Needs to be a Network or WiFi Printer to do that, as said USB to the PC, PC is on the Network with the correct Permissions then just Share the Printer over the Network.

PC on network with correct permissions and printer sharing set up :-\
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #10 on: 14 March 2018, 16:51:18 »

Have you got another PC or Tablet running Windows, forget any Device not Windows for the time being, if so, check what you can over the Network, if you cant see the Printer, can you see the PC its connected to, if not start there and solve that one first.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #11 on: 14 March 2018, 16:57:11 »

Been thinking.  Might be a workgroup issue?  Depends on your OS and setup but you might have to setup a sharing of the printer rather than just having sharing enabled if you catch my drift.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #12 on: 14 March 2018, 17:57:01 »

Right, can now see it ok on laptop.

If I try to print from the laptop I get a printer error.

All the correct drivers are installed.

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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #13 on: 14 March 2018, 17:57:59 »

If its a true wifi printer, being plugged into USB might stop it being on Wifi, particularly if its a cheap consumer oriented lump.

For non Windows devices, the printer will have to support the printing technology, such as AirPrint for gayDevices, or have an app installed in the case of many consumer wifi printers.

You shouldn't really be sharing out via the PC, as you are likely to find drivers aren't built that way for the cheap devices.
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Re: Network printer question
« Reply #14 on: 14 March 2018, 18:04:37 »

If its a true wifi printer, being plugged into USB might stop it being on Wifi, particularly if its a cheap consumer oriented lump.

For non Windows devices, the printer will have to support the printing technology, such as AirPrint for gayDevices, or have an app installed in the case of many consumer wifi printers.

You shouldn't really be sharing out via the PC, as you are likely to find drivers aren't built that way for the cheap devices.

Its an HP5510 printer.

Used to work under Win7.
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