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Can't find shared printer on home network

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I have a printer installed on one of the computers in my house. I shared that printer onto the network and was able to connect to it fine from two other computers. However, I have another laptop that can't find the printer when I try to search for it. All the computers are running Windows 7 and are in the same homegroup. Unfortunately, the computer that is having problems connecting can't keep its settings in homegroup. If I turn on printer and file sharing, it just turns off after I click save. I am not sure if that has something to do with it or not.

I would really appreciate your help with this matter. Thanks for your time.
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Are these computers all connecting via Ethernet, wireless or mixed? If mixed, I would suspect a firewall issue.

Note there is a better solution - though it may cost a little bit of money. A print sever is a MUCH better solution for sharing a printer. The advantages are significant and many - not least of which is security. With a print server,

  • You don't have to open up sharing on the host computer,
  • No computer has to be up and running for others to print to it,
  • The printer does not get tethered to any computer,
  • The printer can be conveniently and centrally located and not take up valuable desk space,
  • Everyone can print to it at the same time and the print server will sort the jobs out.
Some printers are already network ready with a built in print server. Some routers have a built in print server. If no print server, you can buy stand-alone print servers, such as one of these.
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