I have 3 computers: 2 desktops, 1 laptop. All are running XP home. I have a cable modem, which is directly attached to a Netgear wireless router. Both desktop computers are directly connected to the router. The laptop is in another part of the house and receives signal perfectly from the wireless router.
I have a printer (hp deskjet 722c, given name "deskjet") connected to the main desktop, and it is working just fine. I have enabled printer sharing on the main desktop, but when I try to "add a printer" on the 2nd desktop for sharing, I can get to the "browse for printer", and all that ever comes up is "microsoft windows network".
If I click next, it says "you need to specify a network printer name". The name I am using is "deskjet". When I type that it, it says "windows cannot connect to the printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server."
When I go back to "specify a printer", I have 3 options:
Browse for a printer: (results given above)
Connect to this printer: Name: (I used \\dell2\deskjet) (same answer as above, cannot connect)
Connect to a printer on the internet or home or office network (using an URL address): HUH??
I have tried giving each computer an "account" on the main computer. Still nothing. I have enabled the "guest account". Nothing.
I have tried everything I can think of, and I am still getting the same results. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. There must be something I am missing, but what?