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Old 2008-07-02, 6:50am
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Is there a way that when my laptop is being used in another part of my home that it can be tied into the desktop printer? It is so frustrating at times when I need something printed off that I have to email it to my self in order to print later when I get back to my desktop. If so can you tell me how to so it please. Or should I just go and buy another printer?
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Old 2008-07-02, 7:17am
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This is for XP but I suspect most operating systems will take you through the same steps...http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...utt_july2.mspx
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Old 2008-07-02, 7:19am
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Is there a way that when my laptop is being used in another part of my home that it can be tied into the desktop printer? It is so frustrating at times when I need something printed off that I have to email it to my self in order to print later when I get back to my desktop. If so can you tell me how to so it please. Or should I just go and buy another printer?
If you have a wired or wireless network its pretty simple to setup the printer drivers on laptop using "other" computer for printer slave. It requires computer with printer to be turned and have a network identification.... If you have home network setup and functioning, all that is required on laptop is to specify on laptop "network name" (ID) of computer that hosts the printer...

IF you have home network, you can drag and drop (copy & paste) from one computer to other through systems "shared" files capabiluity...

IF you don't have home "network" there is "sneaker network" (floppy disk or "flash drive") on you can use internet "file storage" option you provider may provide you and you can store it there from lap top, and them pull it down from "storage" on system with printer, all this assumes you have online file storage option and i-net connection on both computers.

You should be able to find information on "network" printing or creating a shared file folder (to drag and drop) on computers (Windows?) help files.

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Old 2008-07-02, 7:20am
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Set up a wireless local area network and define your printer on the network (as X-printer on your desktop computer). I can print from anywhere in the house so long as the desktop and printer are turned on. If you don't already have a wireless router it might be cheaper to buy another printer, though.

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Old 2008-07-02, 9:02am
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I have a wireless router that I bought a while back and it was the cheapest model and it was $70, so a printer would be cheaper but not as convienient.
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Old 2008-07-02, 6:04pm
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I have xp, so will look at that, I also have a wireless router, so now its just a matter of figuring the whole thing out and connecting it up.
Thank you everyone for all your help! Wish me luck!
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