New subscriber Keith wrote to ask about printer sharing help:
Not sure if you can help, I have a Canon MP610 and want to make it wireless to both my Fujitsu notebook and my custom built desktop. The former has wireless built in and I have a USB TP-LINK plug in for the Desktop – thanks in advance – Keith
I wrote back to Keith to point out that he didn’t mention a wireless router — and he needs one of those, too. The router connects to his cable modem or DSL modem, and gets the IP address assigned by his Internet Service Provider.
Then, the build-in DHCP server assigns IP addresses on a local, private network to the wired and wireless devices.
The best approach is to hook the router to the desktop via an Ethernet cable, and then let the printer and notebook talk to it wirelessly (if the printer is wireless). Be sure to "share" the printer from the desktop if you hardwire to the desktop. Also, be sure to enable file & printer sharing through your computer firewalls.
Keith wrote back:
Wow! Thanks for the fast reply — I am not sure if the printer* is wireless, I have my doubts on that, and presumably if this is so, the idea is dead and buried. Oh well — it was only for convenience anyway.
Can I get a USB splitter of some kind so that both computers are connected directly to the printer? We do have a wireless router and the laptop is connected via this. I couldn’t see the point of making the desktop (which is static!) wireless.
· Canon MP610 All in One.
Thank you again for your help and particularly your swift response, I will certainly recommend you to others – I was going to say friends — but I don’t have any!
I wrote back to Keith to tell him that he would want the desktop connected via wire (Ethernet cable) to the router. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll need to connect it to the desktop, install its software, and tell Windows to Share the printer.
There’s no such thing as a USB splitter, at least not for simultaneous connections. You won’t be able to connect both directly to the printer at the same time.
However, depending on the printer’s software , you may have to direct connect the laptop to the printer to install all the driver software on the laptop. HP’s requires this, I don’t know about Canon’s, but I suspect you’ll have to do that since it’s a multi-function printer. Then, of course, you’d disconnect the printer from the laptop and move it back to the desktop.
It’s possible to share that way — but the desktop computer would have to be "on" whenever you wanted to print from the laptop. He will have to enable file & printer sharing on your desktop computer, he’ll have to specifically instruct Windows on the desktop computer to share that particular printer, and he will have set the firewalls on both the desktop and notebook computers to allow file & printer sharing to work through the firewall.
One final caveat — the printer will be shared. That does not mean that the scanning and faxing functions will also be shared.