How To Connect One Printer To Two Computers With Router

Carry out these steps to connect a printer to two computers connected over a network:

  • Step 1 :First, turn on the Wi-Fi router, printer, and computers.
  • Step 2 :Connect the printer to the Wi-Fi router using a wired or wireless connection.
  • Step 3 :To connect the printer to the Wi-Fi router over a wired connection, use a standard Ethernet cable.
  • Step 4 :For a wireless connection, configure the necessary wireless settings using the WPS Push Button method or Wireless Setup Wizard from the printer’s control panel. The steps for this setup may vary, so refer to your printer’s user manual.
  • Step 5 :Now, connect the two PCs to the same wireless network.
  • Step 6 :Make use of the SSID and Network key of the wireless network to connect to it. If your computers don’t support Wi-Fi, then establish a wired connection between the router and the computers.
  • Step 7 :After connecting both the PCs to the same wireless network, click the Network icon at the system tray on your primary PC.
  • Step 8 :Click Open Network and Sharing Center from the context menu.
  • Step 9 :Double-click on the icon near the Unidentified network or Multiple networks label.
  • Step 10 :Click the “Network discovery and file sharing are turned off” message at the top of the window.
  • Step 11 :Click the Turn on network discovery and file sharing option on the next page.
  • Step 12 :Click Save Changes to save the applied changes.
  • Step 13 :Now, open the Windows Control Panel on your primary computer.
  • Step 14 :Make sure that you log on as the administrator.
  • Step 15 :Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center tab and click the Change advanced sharing settings option.
  • Step 16 :Click the Network drop-down arrow to expand the network profile.
  • Step 17 :Under File and printer sharing, click the Turn on file and printer sharing radio button.
  • Step 18 :Click the Save Changes button and close the Control Panel window.
  • Step 19 :Next, click the Start menu and open the Windows Control Panel again.
  • Step 20 :Click the Devices and Printers tab and right-click the printer icon.
  • Step 21 :Select Printer Properties from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 22 :In the Printer Properties window, click the Sharing tab and select the Share this printer checkbox.
  • Step 23 :Now, add the network printer to the secondary PC.
  • Step 24 :To add a network printer, click the Start menu and go to the Control Panel.
  • Step 25 :Click the Devices and Printers tab and click the Add a printer button.
  • Step 26 :Next, click the Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer option and choose the network printer that is shared from the primary PC.
  • Step 27 :Click Next and carry out the on-screen prompts to complete the printer setup.