Environments with multiple computers—either home or business—can benefit from the space and cost savings of sharing a printer over a network. To meet this demand, printer manufacturers have integrated both wired and wireless networking capabilities into their printers and networking manufacturers have developed both wired and wireless print servers.
Yet, both of these options require you to either purchase a print server or a new printer. Depending on the situation, purchasing a new printer or a print server may be the appropriate course of action, but is there an option that doesn’t involve purchasing new equipment? Yes there is. Windows users can share a USB printer to their entire network in just a few minutes.
A. Setting up the shared printer from the computer hosting the printer:
- Click on the Start icon and select Control Panel.
- Double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
- Right-click on the printer that you want to duplicate and select Properties.
- Click on the Sharing tab and click “If you understand the security risks but want to share printers without running the wizard, click here.”
- Select “Just enable printer sharing.” Then click OK.
- Select “Share this printer” and designate the name of the printer as you want it to appear to other computers networking to this printer. Click OK.
- Repeat steps 1 & 2. Then, in the Printers and Faxes window, click “Add a printer” at the top of the column on the left side of the window.
- Select “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer.” Then click Next.
- Select “Browse for a printer” and click Next.
- Find the printer you seek to install in the list of printers shared on your network, select it and click Next.
- If you would like to set this printer as your default printer, select yes. Otherwise, select not. Then click Next.
- At this point an alert will pop-up. Click Yes to continue.
- Click Finished; your shared printer is now installed.