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Windows 7: Sharing files and printers through ethernet switch and router

18 Jan 2013   #1

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Sharing files and printers through ethernet switch and router

Because of the way my house is set up i have to have an Ethernet switch by my cable modem and then my wireless router is run off of that via a 50 foot ethernet cable. My printer is plugged into the ethernet switch along with my desktop (these are in the basement the router is in the center of the house). My desktop has no problem using the network to print but my laptop will not recognize the printer because it cant find the ip address through the switch. Is there a way to set this up or is my setup not going to work?

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18 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit


How is your network setup, Homegroup or Workgroup networking? If you have assigned a static IP to the printer you may manually assigned this IP address when adding the printer from your laptop.
This Tutorial has different options on adding a network printer from your computer.

Please let us know if it works or not.
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21 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7

I got it to work. Thanks for the help
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