Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati
BUT, sharing printers is a security risk so I recommend you get a print server (many routers support this). Then all computers can print to the networked printer without being dependent on a "host" computer.
Hi digerati -- sharing a PRINTER is NOT a security risk -- it's what you print on it and who has access to the output.
Plain text isn't sent directly to the printer anyway so even a "sniffer" wouldn't be of much use.
Imagine going into a typical office - even a smallish one. What would people do without shared printers,
Even in a HOME there's a good use for sharing printers.
It's easily done. This method works both for printers attached to remote computers and "Network" printers - wireless or wired.
Note you need first to enable file and print sharing and allow this through any firewalls / AV software of course. printers can exist on 32 or 64 bit machines and be shared EASILY between the different OS'es but DO IT THIS WAY as the post in front of mine is slightly confusing (at least to me).
1) enable printer sharing on the machine the printer is attached to.
2) call it someting simple like STUPIDPRN
3) ensure it works on the LOCAL machine its attached to
4) on the Remote (client) machine go to control panel ===>add new printer
5) Choose add LOCAL printer.
I know it's on another machine but the trick is to "poodlefake" the remote machine that its also got the printer attached - this gets round the problem of trying to install 32 bit drivers
on a 64 bit machine or the other way round.
6) select printer port ==> check the CREATE NEW PORT.
7) Choose LOCAL PORT in the dropdown.
If you are using a Network Printer (one just attached to the network and not to a computer) chose Standard TCPIP port.
8) In the portname enter \\remotecomputer\sharename
(If its a network printer enter the IP adress instead of the remote computer name)
9) you'll get a screen now to install the printer software - just choose printer model and either let windows find it or insert the disk that came with the printer.
Take defaults for the next couple of screens
now print testpage.
Works for all XP / VISTA / Windows 7 combinations - even mixed x-86 and x-64 installations.
The number of times I've posted this and people still seem to have trouble sharing printers.