connect the printer to the computer that will always be on or atleast will be on when wanting to print from the other printers. (We will refer to this computer as Comp. 1)2)
Install printer drivers on Comp. 1 and make sure all is working well (ie: pages print)3)
Lets set a static IP for comp 1 so that it will always be the same. 3A)
Goto Control Panel- Network Connections- Right click on Local area connection (or whatever connection you use)- Click Status- Click Details.
Now Read what it says under Ipv4 Default Gateway. (Mine says 192.168.1.1 so that is the number we will work with). 3B)
Goto Control Panel- Network Connections- Right click on Local area connection (or whatever connection you use)-and click properties- Double click on Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv)- Now fill in the correct info. (Since where using my network as listed in 3A i will fill in my numbers BUT make sure you are using the correct numbers that your network uses.). 3C)
Just alittle background on what your about to fill in
IP Address: This is the specific address to each computer on the network (The last number will be different for every device)
Subnet Mask: Its the same for all networks 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: This is the number we got in 3A So whatever number it was then gets entered in here as well.
The Following is how i filled mine in for comp 1:
IP Address: 192.168.1.2 <---- Every computer will get a different last number i decided to start with 2
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.14)
Goto the rest of the computers on the network and fill in what you did in 3C WITH THE CHANGE IN EACH SYSTEM BEING THE IP ADDRESS: the next computer would be 192.168.1.3 and the next 192.168.1.4 etc.5)
Now Share files on folders on comp. 1 and make sure you can access them from other computers. ( In order to check that you can access them on another comp goto comp 2 (make sure its connected to the same network) Open Run type in \\192.168.1.2 If a box comes up containing the shared files and folders (may take a minute or 2) then you are good. If you are getting an error message you are doing something wrong. 5A)
NOTE: On windows 7 computers you can click start --> Devices and Printers --> And then up top you will see a button called "Add A Printer". From there on it should be pretty self explanatory. Once this step is completed i believe you can skip all the following steps and you should be set.6)
I take it that you are now able to see the shared files and folders from comp 1 on comp 2. From here go to comp 1. Open Devices and printers. Right click on the printer you want to share and click "Share Printer" (If you do not see this there (depends what windows you are running) you may have to click on Printer Properties and configure the share tab. 7)
Once your printer is shared you should be able to goto comp 2 (or any other computer that you configured) access the shared files and folders by opening Run and typing in \\192.168.1.2 like we did in step 5. You should now see your printer in there. Right click on it and hit connect or something of the sort (sorry dont have that printer available to me to check the exact wording). 8)
Once that is successful Open devices and Printers and right click on the networked printer and set as default.
YOU SHOULD NOW BE UP AND RUNNING
Please Note: Some times you may have to restart all computers after reconfiguring the IP Addresses just to make sure that no 2 systems have the same IP Address (and that goes without saying that NO 2 computers can have the same 2 IP Addresses.)
I hope all this was clear enough and i was able to help someone out there. Please let me know of your success stories.
Cheers and Happy Holidays