Sharing a printer through a wireless network

No ratings
8 Krypton

Sharing a printer through a wireless network

The basics are:

1) Establish a working wireless network (follow your manufacturers instructions)
2) Attach the printer to its host computer
3) Be able to print from the host
4) Enable File and Print sharing on the host
5) Set the printers properties to be shared
6) Add a network printer on the client via the Add Printer Wizard


Printer Sharing on XP/Vista Network

Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name.

Type in the \\computername\printername or \\ipaddress\printername



Also please read


File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista


Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP


Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP


If all options fail, then try the FREE features in Network Magic.


If you're still having problems, then make a new thread in one of theses forums. Dell Printers Forum or Dell Networking, Internet, Wireless Forum depending on the problem you're having.



 If you find this Wiki helpful, please remember to vote at the top of the Wiki.


Welcome to Dell Community!

#DellWorld 2012
#DellWorld 2015
#Dell EMC World 2016

#MicrosoftMVP - Windows Expert-Consumer April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015

This is a Dell User Forum. I am a Dell user, just like you are.
Version history
Last update:
‎11-08-2008 06:37 PM
Updated by: