How to Share a Printer through the Network

When considering IT equipment for your business or office needs you will find that a printer is one of the most expensive pieces. Several items that are to be considered include the toner, ink, paper, imaging drums and more. When a user only needs to access a printer occasionally a considerable option would be to share the printer through the network.

So how do you share a printer through the network?

First, you will need to navigate to the Printers and Scanners settings. You can find this by going into the Control Panel to Settings and by selecting Printers & Scanners in the Devices menu sidebar. Another way of navigating to that menu is by navigating to Start > Settings > Devices > Printers and Scanners.


From here you can select the Printer. In this example we will be using the Brother HL-2280DW Printer. Select this printer and go to Manage. From this menu you will select Printer Properties.


From here it will open a Printer Properties window displaying information about your printer, along with other features such as sharing, color management, etc. To share the printer, you must navigate to the Sharing Tab.


Make sure Share this printer is checkmarked and Apply the changes. And there you have It! You can now use that shared printer across the network.

For more information please about how to configure a shared printer through your network please contact Kitsap Networking Services.