Printer Offline Help can set up your printer to your home computer network. Traditionally, the most common way to make a printer available or printer setup to your home network has been, just to connect it to one of the computers and then ask Windows to share it. This is called a shared printer.

Basic Advantage and Disadvantage of Shared Network:

Advantage: It works with any USB printer.

Disadvantage: Your host computer has to be powered up always; otherwise the rest of the network would not be able to access the shared printer.


Sharing with windows home group:

Setting up a shared printer could sometimes be tricky in previous versions of Windows. But a new home networking feature in Windows has greatly simplified the process of printer setup. When a network is set up as a HomeGroup, printers and certain docs/files are automatically shared.

Once your HomeGroup setup is done you have to take the following steps to configure your printing:

  • Click the Start button and go to the Control Panel. In the search box, type HomeGroup, and then click on the HomeGroup.
  • Make sure the Printer’s check box is selected. And if it’s not, then select it, and Save Changes.
  • Now go to the computer system you want to print from.
  • Open the HomeGroup by clicking the Start button > Control Panel > type HomeGroup > and click HomeGroup.
  • Now click on Install Printer.
  • And if you don’t already have a printer driver installed, click on the Install Driver in the dialog box that appears.

Printer Offline Help can set up your printer on your home network for sharing capabilities across all attached devices.


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