In this brief write-up we will show you how to share a USB or serial printer. For example, there are 2 machines that need to access the printer, one is a Windows PC in a home office upstairs, and the other one is a laptop running Windows 7 in a room downstairs.
Your printer will be redirected to the machine, and you can use it as if it were connected physically to the computer. In free FlexiShare subscription you don't have an opportunity to connect to remote devices. If you need to access remote printer over network you will have to get FlexiAccess subscription.
A USB printer can be shared manually, and here is how you do it.
We’ll start with the computer the printer is connected to.
Make sure the installation is correct and all the drivers are up to date, click Start >> Devices and Printers. Right click on the printer to bring up a menu, select Printer Properties option there. Click Sharing tab and check if Share this Printer option is ticked – if not, do it. You might also want to give the printer an-easy-to-remember name. Click OK.
To find and use the printer you need to turn on the computer the printer is attached to.
On the computer you’d like to connect to the printer click Start >> Devices and Printers, select Add a Printer, then Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer. The system will search your network for the shared printers. Once the printer you need is found, select it and click Next, follow the instructions.
In Devices and Printers window find the shared printer and send a test page for a printout to verify it’s working fine.
If you cannot find the printer, click The Printer That I Want Isn’t Listed.
With the help of a wireless router or a wireless print server, any wireless printer can be made wireless.
Here is how you do it:
Once you decide what computer will be dedicated to the printer, connect it to wireless router via Ethernet cable. If your wireless network is already set up, check if the router detects it and connect your computer to the network. If the PC is also hosting the network, your router should be connected to your broadband Internet modem.
Connect the printer to the host computer using a USB cable and check if all the drivers are updated. Turn on file and printer sharing on the host computer – go to the Network and Sharing section in the Control Panel or do a system search.
Open Printers and Devices window from the Start menu and locate the printer. Right-click it and select Printer Properties, click Sharing tab and tick ‘Share this printer’. The printer’s system name will be automatically populated in the text area right below the check mark, you can change it so it is easier for you to recognize the device.
If you want to connect computers with different Operating Systems, at the bottom of Sharing tab find Additional Drivers section and click Additional Drivers button. Thus you can specify other drivers to be installed on other computers.
Please note that the shared printer can be used only when its host computer is turned on.
As you see, FlexiHub seems to be the easiest way to share the printer over the network. You don’t need any additional settings or hardware — just the single point access from the FlexiHub account.