I have a wireless network with 2 computers ( A & B ) and a printer ( A1
& B1 ) physically connected to each computer. A is connected to A1 and B is
connected to B1. My question is can I use computer A to print to printer B1 or
computer B to print to printer A1? I do not want to make the printers wireless
The short answer is yes.
Assuming that computer “A” and computer “B” can “see” each other across your
network, it’s actually a relatively simply matter to print on either printer
from either machine.
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You may note that one of the things I don’t spend a lot of time discussing
here on Ask Leo! is Windows Networking. Getting two Windows machines to see
each other and successfully share files can at times be incredibly frustrating.
When it just works (which it often does) it’s great. But if you encounter
problems there are so many things that could be wrong, it’s just not a topic I
take on very often.
So, I’m going to start by assuming that your machines A and B can “see” each
other. By that I mean that in Windows Explorer, in your “Network Neighborhood”
or “Microsoft Windows Network” you see the other machine listed, along with any
file shares it might have:
The trick is simply that you can share a printer on your network just like
you can share a folder.
On the machine with a printer physically connected to it (machine “A” with
printer “A1”, to use your terms):
your network just like you can share a folder.”
open Control Panel
double click on Printers and Faxes
right-click on the printer that’s physically connected to the
Click on the Sharing… item. This will open the printer’s
properties dialog opened on the Sharing tab:
Make sure that Share this printer is selected, and give
your printer a name. As you can see I’ve given my printer (what you’ve called
“A1”) a name of “hppsc131”.
In order to use this printer from another machine you’ll need to add it as
an available print.
On that other machine, your machine “B”:
open Control Panel
Click on Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard
Click on Next and you should see a dialog similar to
Make sure the “network printer” option is selected, and click
Next. You’ll get a dialog similar to this:
You can, if you like, try browsing for a printer. Windows will “look around”
to try and locate any printers that are shared by any machines on the local
I find it more reliable to enter the printer’s name directly. In my example
above, the computer name is “Leo” (what you’ve called “A”), and the printer
name I chose was “hppsc131” (what you’ve called “A1”), so I would enter
“\\leo\hppsc131” as the Name: after selecting “Connect to this
The next page of the wizard will ask if you want to use this newly connected
printer as the default printer. Select Yes or No as you see fit and click
The final page will summarize what you’ve just done.
That’s really all there is to it. Now, on this machine B I can print to the
printer on machine A.
Since you’ve indicated that you also have a printer on machine B that you
want to print to from machine A, you’d simply repeat this process again, this
time sharing the printer on B and connecting to it from A.