BUT - documents on the XP won't print! I get an error that the computer isn't ready to print. The printer is Epson Stylus CX7800 Series & is connected directly to the new Acer computer with Windows Vista upstairs (which the router is connected to). Now, before I decided to ask for help here, I have searched the web & saw that many others are having network printer problems. I also tried the help section in my XP & vista computers & followed all their instructions for sharing a printer. I found on a couple websites the fix where you go to add a printer using the local port typing \\computer name/printer name, but I got an error that the network path or something like that wasn't found. I reread the instructions not understanding what I did wrong, because I did exactly what it said. Then I realized that the fix suggested on all those websites was for when the printer was hooked up to the Windows XP computer & a Vista computer was trying to print from the network. My printer is hooked up to the Vista computer so its the XP printer thats trying to print.
I know my vista has the epson driver installed obviously, because we use this computer to print with no problem. I check the networking/printer/file sharing sticky on geekstogo for help and I got stuck in the sharing section where it said to click on additional drivers & select the other/older operating system that would be using the printer. It didn't show Windows xp, 98 etc. Under processor it has Itanium, x64, x86. So I'm confused & totally at a loss as to how to get the printer to print downstairs on the network.
I am using the paid AVG Security suite with their firewall, so my Windows defender firewall is off. Is there something I need to configure with the Linksys router settings? Any help in easy language would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch!