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#1 Rayal49


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Posted 22 January 2015 - 07:24 AM


    I have two computers in my house, 1 running Windows7, and 1 running Windows 8.1 plus 1 HP Deskjet wireless printer . Access to internet is via a wireless router.

     My question is "Can both computers use the printer independently via the router", or does 1 computer be required to be "Host Computer" and therefore permanently on at all times.

    At present I am having trouble getting the "Windows 8 computer to print. 

        Thank you





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Posted 22 January 2015 - 07:30 AM

If both computers are configured correctly to address the wireless printer directly, only the computer that wants to print needs to be turned on, to the best of my knowledge.  Are you getting any error messages when trying to print from the Windows 8.1 computer?


Are the print jobs queuing up?  Look under Devices and Printers.  This sounds to me like a configuration issue with the Windows 8.1 computer.  Does it have the correct IP address and password?


Let us know how you make out.  Hope this  helps.  Have a great day.




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#3 TheSteeZ


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Posted 22 January 2015 - 04:00 PM

Yes both computers will be able to use the printer. The printer would be configured just like a network printer. In the settings on the actual printer when you have it hooked up to your wireless internet you can assign it a static IP address and use the default port. Then when you go to your printer/devices and add a printer you can look for the printer by that IP address and port. The printer will be completely independent not like a usb printer connected to a PC. In that case it would have to be a shared printer through that pc via a homegroup and that would be the "primary" computer.



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