With the current development, printers are an indispensable device in agencies, businesses, … If in the previous article, you knew how to set the default printer for Windows, then in this article we will guide more How to share a printer in LAN, which helps you print documents directly on your device easily.
How to share printers in LAN windows 10, 7, XP
Instructions on how to share the printer in LAN
1. Share the printer in LAN
Note: First of all, make sure that the computers in the LAN share the same IP range and the printer is connected and install the Driver with another computer (Printer server) or the same IP range with the computers in LAN (Applicable with printers supporting the LAN port and Wi-Fi).
Step 1: From the Windows user interface of the server installed the printer, you access the Control Panel by pressing the key combination Windows + R and type control panel then press Enter or OK, got it.
Step 2: Control Panel interface appears, click the option View devices and printers in the section Hardware and Sound.
Step 3: In the Devices and Printers window, right-click the printer you want to share Printer properties.
Step 4: HNew dialog box opens, select the tab Sharing then check the checkmark in the line Share this printer then press Apply >OK, got it.
Step 5: Next, on the taskbar, right click on the selected network icon Open Network and Sharing Center as shown below.
Step 6: In the left column, click on the option Advanced sharing settings.
Step 7: Scroll down and find the item All Networks, click on the arrow icon as shown below.
Step 8: Keep scrolling down, click the option Turn off password protected sharing in the section Password protected sharing then click Save changes to save the configuration. This will eliminate the user login step when another client wants to connect to the printer.
That’s it, you have finished sharing the printer in LAN. Above Taimienphi applies to Windows 10, also for other operating systems such as Windows 7, 8.1 or 8 you also do the same offline. As for Windows XP, the interface is a bit different and you perform the printer sharing on the LAN as follows:
Step 1: From the user interface you access Control Panel choose Other and Hardware then select continue Printers and Faxes.
Step 2: Next, right-click on the printer name to share on the LAN and select Sharing
Step 3: The printer’s sharing dialog box appears, tick the option Share this printer and press OK, got it to finish sharing the printer in LAN on Windows XP.
2. Connect the printer in LAN
In order for the workstation to print the same printer on the same LAN, you need to connect the workstation to the shared printer. There are 2 ways to perform this stage, depending on how you make it convenient.
Method 1: Connect directly by IP address
This way, readers need to determine exactly what the printer IP address is. If you do not know how to check the computer address, you can refer to the article how to guide Check your computer’s IP address that we shared before. In this article, for example, the computer is plugged into the printer (It is the machine that I initially shared the printer) with the IP address is: 192.168.1.29, now I will start the Run dialog box by press the key combination Windows + R and type 192.168.1.102.
Next, the list of shared printers on that IP address will appear. Here, you double-click on the printer name that you shared earlier.
The connection from the workstation to the printer server will take place and a small dialog box will appear asking you to install the driver for that printer. Press Install driver to start the installation.
Do not worry about downloading or searching for drivers of that printer because this will automatically add (add) the installer from the printer server. However, if one of the two operating systems is used differently, such as a 32bit machine and a 64bit machine, then you need to visit the printer’s home page and download the printer driver installer that corresponds to the operating system The workstation you are using offline.
Method 2: Connect the printer via the Add Printer tool
Step 1: On the user interface of the printer that needs to connect to the printer, access the Control Panel and click View devices and printers similar to the printer sharing instructions above.
Step 2: Next you click on the item Add a printers as shown below:
Step 3: The system will automatically detect the printer shared in LAN here, you can double click on the printer name to connect or click on the item The printer that I want isn’t listed to go to the next options.
Step 4: Here, you only need to care about those two options Select a shared printer by name and Add a printer using a TCP / IP address or hostname.
– Select a shared printer by name: Please click Browse and point to the printer server name you just shared and double-click the printer to connect. Pretty simple.
– Add a printer using a TCP / IP address or hostname: This section seems to be more complicated, usually applied to the printer’s built-in LAN or Wi-Fi port. Now you need to determine the IP address of that printer and then proceed in the following order:
+ Select options Add a printer using a TCP / IP address or hostname then press next
+ New interface appears, in the item Device type you choose the option TCP / IP Device. And the line below you enter the printer IP address.
+ Click next in the next interface
+ Next, click Have disk
+ Click Browse
Point to the folder containing the printer driver installation.
If your printer model has different codes in the installer, you should search and double-click the file Autorun.
Press OK, got it
Select the correct printer name and then click Next
Press next In the next step and the system will start installing the Drvier printer on your workstation.
Enable share function on the device
To be able to print on Windows 7 you can go to Start choose Devices and Printers
Go ahead and select the printer you’re printing including the options to print
To share you go to enable sharing in Network and Sharing Center through Control Panel.
To be able to print on windows 8 you can go to Control Panel choose Hardware and Sound Choose continue Devices and Printers to print.
Go ahead and select the printer you’re printing including the options to print.
To be able to connect the printer on Windows XP, the same way you can connect directly to the printer server via IP address and double click on it.
Or you enter Start > Printers and Faxes > Add a Printer on Control Panel left click next.
Choose Local printer attached to this computer and click next.
Choose Create To create a new port, select the port type Port Type was Local Port and click next.
With Port Name, enter the path to the printer by typing in two marks “\”, the computer name or the local IP address of the printer sharing computer, then the printer’s shared name. Select the printer and click next. If the exact model is not listed, try selecting the closest model number or printer of the same type
Above is the whole guide that we want to share with readers how to share printers in LAN effectively. So you can use the functions of the printer on different computers on the same network, making printing via LAN simpler than ever.