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    Default Setting Up Network Printing

    Hi all, I just recently purchased a laptop and would like to somehow network things so I can use my existing printer, an HP Deskjet 830c. I know the printer is a dinosaur but I can't afford better right now. I currently have the printer connected to my desktop via USB.

    At the desktop I have a router that will support both wired and wireless connections. My plan is to connect the laptop via wireless. Can someone please point me in the right direction to setup so I can print a document from my laptop to my existing printer?

    I realize I will probably need to leave my desktop on and run a program or something. I have just never done this type of a setup before, and need some direction.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Setting Up Network Printing

    As long as you set up your home network all should work just fine. And yes, the machine with the printer attached has to be on for the netowrk print job to go through.
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    Default Re: Setting Up Network Printing

    I'm glad to hear that I can do it, but unfortunately I am network retarded. Can you explain to me the exact procedure.

    I know how to get my laptop to recognize the network to allow internet and file sharing. But I know nothing at all about the printing side of things. Do I just install a print driver and click print? I assume I would need it to transmit over IP addresses, but that is about all I know.
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    Default Re: Setting Up Network Printing

    From what I've played with so far, if you can share files between machines then you're already set to share printers. You'll just have to find the printer on the machine it is connected to then attach it. You can usually do this by either going into printers and selecting install from network or you can go into your Network and find the computer with the printer, double click it and it should show you the printer, then right click and choose connect. You might have to load drivers, but thats about as hard as it gets.
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