- What is HomeGroup
- How to share printer with HomeGroup on Windows 10
- Printer sharing using HomeGroup
- Working with printer shared with HomeGroup
What is HomeGroup
The HomeGroup feature allows both beginners and experienced system administrators to easily create networks of Windows-based computers connected via a local area network. These networks can operate without domain controllers (DC) and provide the ability to share resources such as printers and files. This option is primarily aimed at the mass consumer, but it can also be used by employees of small enterprises who do not have the support of IT specialists.
The Microsoft HomeGroup protocol is an open standard for peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, formed on the basis of the Web Services on Devices (WSD) protocol. The standard is used to publish and discover resources on local subnets without using client-server infrastructure. By using IPv6 P2P graphing technology in conjunction with the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP), computers get the ability to detect each other without the help of a DHCP version 6 server (DHCPv6).
When a user connects to a new home network, this activates a simple master program; if the program cannot detect any homegroup on the network, the user is offered to create a new homegroup to share some libraries, such as Documents and Videos. If the computer is included in the domain, the user can join the existing HomeGroup, if there’s any on the local network.
How to share printer with HomeGroup on Windows 10
If you are looking for a more simple way to share printer, or just need to share the printer on Windows 10 - use the software from Electronic Team. FlexiHub is the best solution to share printer since in April 2018 HomeGroup feature was completely removed by Microsoft from Windows 10.