One of the many advantages of being networked and being able to share both files but also devices such as a printer. Let’s see how to share this...
Share a printer over a network
For this, open the start Menu then click on the module Network.
Now click on the button Network and Sharing Centre included in the toolbar. You can also right-click on the icon Connection and opt for Network and Sharing Centre located in the notification area (systray) of the taskbar.
In the left sidebar, click on the link Modify Advanced Sharing Settings.
Choose the type of network you want to modify (Residential or Public) then, under File and Printer Sharing, check the box Enable file and printer sharing. Validate via the button Save Changes.
Sharing the device
In the Start menu, click on Peripherals and Printers — also accessible by registering Imprimantes in the search field. Double-click the printer to share and double-click again on Customise your printer.
On the tab Sharing, check the boxes Share this printer and Rendering of printing work on client computers. Validate all by clicking on OK.
If you return to the page Peripherals and printers and as you highlight your printer, you'll see a small user-shaped icon in the status bar: this means that your device is shared.
Installation of a printer
If you haven't installed the printer yet, click on Add a printer in the window Peripherals and printers.
Choose between Local printer — if the printer is connected to your computer, or Network — if you want to access the network shared printer.
Continue the steps of the wizard and click on Finish.
Your printer is now shared over your network and any computer connected to it can now use the device — after taking care to add it as indicated above by opting this time for Network Printer.
The only drawback is that the computer that manages the printer must be turned on when printing. To overcome this problem, you can connect your printer to an ADSL router or box provided they have a USB port...
N.B. : you can also share your printer using a new Windows Seven feature, the Residential Group. Small drawback, it only works with computers that also use Seven.