Sharing a printer over the safe and secured networks requires you to think of various factors simultaneously. If you have Windows XP, obviously the Windows XP printer sharing turns out to be a reliable option. When you are sharing a printer, you will have your printer directly connected to only one computer, while providing the advantage to all computers on the network (computer in connection with each other through the router) to effectively send the print command directly to the printer.
All the computers that have been hardwired into the network can print the documents swiftly and moreover, even the wireless printers can print wirelessly. The Windows XP will already have everything built into it to make sharing a printer easy and effortlessly.
Here are the few steps that would help you in sharing a printer:
Go to the Start and then Control Panel and afterwards to Printers and Faxes. You will find list of installed printer imaging devices with your computer. In case there are more than one printers attached to your computer system, like the inkjet or the laser, a check mark will appear. This indicates the type of printer is the default. Next, you need to right click on the printer that you intend to put over the network.
After the printer has been shared, just move to other computer to which printer has not been installed. Again, you need to go to the Start Button and then move to Control Panel, and then click on Printers and Faxes. Click on Add a Printer and there is an Add Printer Wizard, and later click on the Next at the bottom of the screen. The screen that appears, select whether you want A Network printer or Printer Attached to Another Computer, and then again click on the Next. Follow the procedures designed to install the drivers.
Finally it is the stage where you need to test the printer. If you want to be confident that the printer has been rightly shared across the network, you need to go to the Start and then move to Control Panel and later to Printers and Faxes. After words, right click on shared printer that you have installed and later click on the properties.
Are you ready to share a printer over the network? All you need to do is follow the simple steps above and move on slowly. Remember, sharing the printer will save a lot of your time and you can quickly handle the printing job.