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Old 12-12-2008, 04:14 AM   #1
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Printing from a laptop

I have a Dell desktop computer with an Epson Stylus CX9400 printer hooked directly to the tower. My internet is connected to a LINKSYS wireless router so I use my laptop through out the house. How can I print from the laptop? The drivers for the CX9400 are on the laptop. I know it can be done because we have this same setup at work. HELP!!
 
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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Wireless networking is the answer. Your printer needs to be wireless also. I noticed that Dell has a fairly inexpensive wireless printer. Mine is a fairly large combo printer, scanner, FAX, copier, and photo printer from HP. It is wireless, so both Dianna and I can print from our laptops. If I were buying today, I would probably try the Dell printer for half the money.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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Go to the printer properties on the desktop and make sure it is set to share.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:06 AM   #4
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Start a home network between the desktop and laptop. Then share the printer on the desktop and you should be in business. Thats what I did.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:38 AM   #5
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Search on the subject:

file and print sharing

in Google.

Also, if you have a firewall turned on you will have to address you system in the "trusted" zone.

Edited: One Example of Search
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:22 AM   #6
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Are both computers running the same operating system. I know my Vista and XP require more coordination or software upgrade.
Good luck and let us know how you do.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:06 PM   #7
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OK - Thanks for all the suggestions but still not there yet. John, I googled and found the step by step instructions. Both computers are using XP. The printer has been shared (I did this on the desktop computer). Now this is where things don't seem to work. These are the remainder of the instructions:

To connect to the printer

(I think I do this on the laptop.)

Open the Control Panel, and click Printers and Other Hardware.

(I found Printers and Faxes not printer and other hardware.)

Click Add a Printer.

(OK. The add a printer wizard shows up.)

Instead of adding a local printer, click Printer Connection and then browse the network for the printer.

(I did not find PRINTER CONNECTION anywhere in the wizard. Now I did follow the wizard instructions and completed the wizard instructions but no go.)

This is more confusing that I thought.

I won't have the time to play with this until Sunday. We are heading to NYC tomorrow for the day.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:03 PM   #8
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I suppose you ran the network setup wizard on both computers?
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:32 AM   #9
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Do you have a wireless router for the printer?The way I understand it you need a separate wireless router for the printer
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:03 PM   #10
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I have a Verizon PC-5750 Air Card in a Linksys wireless router.(WRT54G3G-ST) I have two desktops, HP All-in-One Printer and Satellite Receiver connected to the router via ethernet cables. The DW & I connect our laptops via WiFi. The only problems I have had, is if I reset the power to the router, I need to make sure the printer URL has not changed. If it has you need to reboot the printer and other computers.

If your printer doesn't have ethernet connections, then follow the suggestions other members have made.
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