You can share a printer on your office network.
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Computers that connect to the same wireless router can communicate with one another through a “homegroup, ” a Windows 7 feature that allows PCs to share files and printers. Although organizations can use Remote Desktop to access and perform actions on a remote workstation, that doesn’t enable a user to obtain files from the PC. Business owners who want to allow workers to connect to each other’s computers and access or collaborate on important documents can set up a homegroup to connect computers together.
1. Connect to your router’s network. Click “Start, ” type “homegroup” into the search box and either press “Enter” or select “HomeGroup” from the search results.
2. Click “Create a Homegroup.” Select all of the options on the screen and click “Next.”
3. Write down or print out the password. Click “Finish” to set up the homegroup on the workstation.
4. Select “Change Advanced Sharing Settings, ” then click “Home or Work” to see all available setup options.
5. Click “Turn On Password Protected Sharing” to prevent unauthorized users from accessing files and devices on the computer. Click “Save Changes.”
6. Open HomeGroup on the other computer. Click “Join Now” and select all of the options. Click “Next” and “Finish” to add the workstation to the homegroup.
7. Follow the same instructions in Step 5 to set up password-protected sharing on the PC.
8. Click “Start, ” “Computer” and expand “Homegroup.” Select the alternate PC from the list and enter an account name and password when prompted to connect to the computer.