Print Wireless without a Wireless Printer
How do I print wireless without a wireless printer
This tutorial assumes that you have a desktop machine attached by a cable to the printer.
It is also assumed that you have a wireless network via a router.
( this is a standard set up )
Your first job is to make sure that the appropriate printer drivers are installed on both machines.
The Desktop machine will, no doubt, have the corect drivers already.
If the laptop does not have the same Operating System as the desktop then you will need to visit the printer manufacturers website and download the drivers for your laptop.
Please be aware that if your Printer is an older one and your laptop has Windows 8 on it – you may be unlucky and there may not be drivers available.
Do not be tempted to use drivers that are not designed for your operating system.
On the Desktop go to Control Panel > Printers ……right click on the printer icon > Sharing > Share this Printer.
Give it a Name …………… and make a note of this.
[Let’s assume you call it Epson }
Find the Full Computer Name for the Desktop.
Start > Right click on “Computer” > Properties.
It should be here. Make a note of this ………..exactly as it is written including capitals.
[Let’s assume the full name is MyDesktopComputer ]
You will need this noted information next.
Print Wireless without a Wireless Printer continued …..
Now on the Laptop:
Start > Control Panel > Printers > Add a Printer …….[ this is in the toolbar at the top ]
Create a New Port …..this should be “Local Port”
You will be asked to type in the Port Name. This is important and you need the information from above.
The Port Name looks like this:
\\MyDesktopComputer\Epson ……. ( obviously put in your own names that you noted earlier )
You may be prompted to install the Printer Drivers. ( I know you have already done this )
You will be prompted for a Printer Name. This will be attached to the icon produced on the Laptop in “Printers”
You should then be able to print a test page.
Be aware that the machine connected to the printer will need to be turned on.
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