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How to Share printer with HomeGroup - Windows Guide 2021

Last updated Dec 29, 2020

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.

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.

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Step-by-step guide for connecting to a shared printer

1
Register for a free FlexiHub account from the website or from within the app. Begin a FlexiHub demo period by designating the number of connections you will be using.
 register a flexihub account
2
Install and launch FlexiHub on the two computers involved in the connection. Login to both apps using the same email address and password.
 install and launch flexihub
3
Share the printer from the server computer that is physically connected to the printer and "Connect" to it from the client.
 share the printer
4
Once connectivity is established, you can manage and control the printer from the client as if it were directly attached to the peripheral device.
 manage and control the printer

Printer sharing using HomeGroup

The HomeGroup setup program is designed to enable users to share files and devices. Using the "Share with" option in Windows Explorer provides a more flexible configuration. You can designate specific folders to have read, read and write access, or to be restricted from sharing altogether.

The default setting is to assign read-only access to library items shared by home group members. Keep in mind that enabling read and write permissions also gives the user full control including the ability to delete files.

How to Add a Shared Printer to a HomeGroupNow

Now let’s see how to share printer with HomeGroup on Windows 7 with other users.

Before you start, make sure that the printer is attached to one of your local computers and is configured properly.

The first step is creating a homegroup, launch the HomeGroup control panel app, Start -> type "homegroup" -> Enter.

creating a homegroup

Your next steps will depend on what will be shown in the HomeGroup window.

Scenario 1. The computer where the printer is connected physically is already added to a HomeGroup but the printer isn’t shared yet:

  • Click the "Change what you’re sharing with the HomeGroup" link.
  • Select "Shared" on the "Printers & Devices" drop-down menu.
  • Hit Next. Now, you can close the HomeGroup options.
HomeGroup options

Scenario 2. There’s a HomeGroup on your local network but the computer with the printer attached to it is not a member of this group:

  1. So, first, you’ll need to join that group. To do this, click "Join now," and then "Next".
  2. After that, make sure that the option "Shared" is enabled for "Printers & Devices," click "Next".
  3. Enter the password for the HomeGroup you’d like to join, click “Next".
  4. Click "Finish".

Scenario 3. You need to create a new HomeGroup:

  1. Click "Create a HomeGroup", then click "Next".
  2. Select the "Shared" option for "Printers & Devices," click "Next".
  3. The final screen shows the password you’ll need for other PCs on your network to connect to the HomeGroup. Write it down and then click "Finish".
Create a HomeGroup

Once, you've set up your new HomeGroup and shared your printer over LAN, other users can access the device remotely.

How to work with printer if it was shared via HomeGroup

In case you share your printer using the HomeGroup feature, connecting to this device from other computers will be super easy. You just need to make sure that remote computers have joined your HomeGroup, all the rest will be done by Windows. Once a PC becomes a member of a HomeGroup, it automatically gets access to all devices shared from other PCs. That means your shared printer will just appear in the Devices and Printers windows of client computers.So the further work with shared printer will be the same as it was plugged in directly. But you can’t share printer with HomeGroup on Windows 10, so you should use the third-party software solution - FlexiHub. It will connect remote printer to your local machine just like it is located right next to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Open The Start Menu

  • Search “HomeGroup

  • Select “Create A HomeGroup

  • Hit “Next” When The Install Wizard Opens

  • Make Sure Your “Printer & Devices” In The “Permissions” Is Set To “Shared

  • Hit “Next” And Install Wizard Will Finalize The Setup

  • When A Password Appears, Write It Down (You’ll Need It When Adding Other Computers To The HomeGroup)

  • Click “Finish After Writing Down The Password
  • Press: “Windows Key + S

  • Enter HomeGroup

  • Open “Other HomeGroup Actions

  • Choose “Leave HomeGroup
  • Click “Create HomeGroup

  • Click “Next

  • For “Devices & Printers”, choose “Shared

  • Click “Next

  • In the final screen, memorize/write down the password provided (you’ll need it to connect other PCs to your HomeGroup)

  • Hit “Finish

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