I chose to not make a disk because I don't know if I should do this. Is this contributing to this problem?
Did you run the Network Setup Wizard on the other computer manually? (ie: the same way that you ran it on the wired computer?) If not, you'll have to run the Network Setup Wizard on the Laptop --
- Goto Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Communications --> Network Setup Wizard.
- The first thing to do when the wizard appears is read the welcome message, and then click Next.
- Read the 'Before you continue....' message, and then click Next.
- Select the option This computer connects to the Internet through a residential gateway or another computer on my network, and then press Next.
- Now, type in a Description for your computer; ie: Jimmy's Computer.
- Enter a Computer Name (or leave it as it's Default), and then press Next.
- Enter a Workgroup Name -- or leave it as it's default, and then press Next.
- If you want to share files and/or your printer with other computers on the network, select the option Turn on file and printer sharing and press Next.
- Check the information; if it is all fine, press Next.
Do I need to have a wireless adapter on the printer for the laptop to use it wirelessly?
Nope -- that's the beauty of having a dual router.. It handles the inter-communication between your wired and wireless devices.
Also, do I need to install the printer software on the laptop?
That depends on the Printer -- some printers need you to do this, others don't. There's only two ways to find out -- read the manual, or try it.
Let's setup your printer.. Before you do this though, make sure that you have File Sharing working first.
On the computer that is directly linked to the Printer --
--> Type: control printers
--> In the new window that appears, you should see your printer listed. Click on it once so that it is highlighted, and then in the Tasks Pane
(on the left of the Window) select Share this printer
. In the new Window, ensure that Share this printer
is selected, and then enter a name for your Printer.. Mine is extremely descriptive as "Printer" -- feel free to go wild with your name. Once done, press OK
Now, on the Laptop --
--> Control Panel
--> Select Printers and other Hardware
--> Choose Add a printer
--> A Wizard will appear --> Select Next
--> Choose the option A Network printer, or a printer attached to another computer.
and then press Next
--> Select Browse for a printer
and press Next
--> Type in your printers name, and then let the Wizard locate it and then press Next
--> Choose Yes
to make it your Default Printer --> You should now be finished. If everything went according to plan, you should be able to print.