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How to Share and Connect Printer Over Network on Windows 10

In order to share a printer in the network, connect the printer cable either to a computer that is connected to the network or to a network hub.

  • If you connect your printer to a computer through a USB connection, Windows automatically detects the printer and adds it to the list of available printers.
  • If you connect your printer to a network hub, you need to manually install the printer drivers, what if they are not installed automatically when you physically connect the printer to a computer.

Then turn the printer on, go on the next steps below:

How to Connect Printer to Network and Sharing It

After you physically connect the printer to a computer on the network, you can share the printer so that other users can access it. To share the printer in Windows 10, use these steps.

Step 1: Open Settings, click Devices.

Step 2: On the right side of Printers and Scanners tab, click the printer that you want to share, click Manege.

Manage printer

Step 3: Click on Printer Properties. On the Sharing tab, check Share this printer checkbox.

Printer Properties

Step 4: Give the printer a Name, click Apply and OK.

Share Printer with others

How to Connect to Printer Using IP address

You need to know the name of printer and IP address of computer that printer connected to. Or the printer IP Address, learn more about how to view IP address of Computer in Windows 10/8/7.

Option 1: Connect to Printer using IP Address

Step 1: Press shortcut keys: Win + R to open Run box, enter printers IP address.

Enter printers' IP address

Step 2: Click on the shared printers from the result list. Connect to that printer.

connect to printer over network

Step 3: When it prompting a dialog "Do you trust this printer", click on install drivers.

Install printer drivers

Step 4: Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish.

Option 2: Add a Printer using IP Address or Hostname

Step 1: Open Control Panel, click Hardware and Device, and then click Devices and Printers.

Hardware and Sound

Step 2: Click on Add a printer in the toolbar of Devices and Printers.

Add a printer

Step 3: If you see the printer you’re looking for, click the printer you want to install. Windows will handle the installation, download drivers if needed.

Tip: If you don’t see the printer you want to install, and you’re sure you’ve got it properly connected to the network, click the The printer that I want isn’t listed link. Go on Step 4.

The printer isn't listed

Step 4: Select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname and then click Next.

Add a printer using a IP address

Step 5:  Keep Device type to Autodetect and fill in the Hostname or IP address. Ensure that Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use is ticked, click Next.

Type the IP address

Step 6: Wait for detecting TCP/IP port. When it jumped to install the printer driver process, select the manufacture of printer in the left pane, select shared printer in the right pane, and then click Next.

Install printer driver

Step 7: Type a new name for printer if the default name doesn't suit you and then click Next.

Type a new name for printer

Step 8: Choose whether to set the new printer as the default, and then click Finish button.

Connect to shared printer