Print from a Printer Using the Homegroup Network
Printing a document is like keeping a hard copy of anything you want to carry or keep for the record. There might be a situation where you need to share a printer and resources and for this purpose you need to have a home group. Take an example; you have a small office setup at home where you have a printer connected to computer. On the other hand, you college going kid also uses a Laptop from his room and he also needs to take print our at times for the study purposes. You will not buy two separate printers for this. You can simply create a home network and share the resources and printers.
Follow these simple steps to share a printer and print using the home group network:
Step1: Make home group and include all computers in the similar Workgroup.
If you need to share resources and need to print from a home group network then first of all you need to have a Workgroup created. You would need a networking device like a hub or switch. If you wish you use a wireless connection then you need to have wireless router.
Step2: Configure the network setting in the router
Now you need to configure the connection settings in you router and also make a secure wireless connection at home so that no unauthorized person can access your home network. All computers at home must be connected to the same router and internet connection either with Ethernet cable or wirelessly.
Step3: Share printer
The printer can be connected to any computer in home group network. All you need to do is to share the printer and provide full access to any user who tries to access the printer over the network.
Step4: Find and add printer from other computer
Now, from the other computer where printer is not connected, go to Control Panel and select the option ‘Add printer’. This will load a new window to add printer. Select the option Network printer. Let the application search for all the available printers on the same network. Alternatively, if you know the host name and the printer name, you add the similar in the dialogue box and add the printer.
Step5: Print a test page.
One the process is completed; it will add a new printer icon in the Printer section. Make sure to select this printer as your default printer so that every time you give a print command, the command goes to the selected printer.
Now print a test page to check if you are able to print from the home group network. If everything goes fine then you will see a test page coming out of the printer.
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