How to Create and Use a HomeGroup for Printer Sharing for Beginners

How to Create and Use a HomeGroup for Printer Sharing for Beginners

Geekers - Currently, the need for data sharing is undeniable. With a computer/laptop, we can easily share resources (resource sharing) among other users, either via wired or wireless media. The resource in question can be in the form of files or hardware, for example a printer.

For example, in your office space there is only 1 printer, and you want that 1 printer to be used by one office room, then you need to share it first. Previously, I explained about printer sharing in the previous article, but maybe some people don't match / don't succeed in this way, so I deliberately made a follow-up article.

Using HomeGroup for Printer Sharing

To share printers on Windows, we can use the HomeGroup feature which can be accessed by default by Windows 7 users and above. This is a built-in Windows feature, so you don't need to install it.

This HomeGroup can be used to share data and printers with other users connected to the same network. Remember yes in the same network. So make sure your computer / laptop and other users are connected to the same network, for example connected to the same WiFi network. Immediately, here are the steps to use HomeGroup to share printers.

1. On laptop A, please open Control Panel. One way to open it is with the Windows key + R then type control panel then Enter.

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2. Then select Choose homegroup and sharing options.

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3. Before creating a HomeGroup, you must first change your network profile to Private. If your network profile has been set to private then you will not find notifications like this. If not, select Change network location then select Yes to change the network profile to private.

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4. To create a HomeGroup, just select Create a homegroup.

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5. Then select Next.

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6. Determine what files or data you want to share. For this step, leave the default, but make sure once again for the Printers & Devices column, select Shared. Then select Next.

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7. The homegroup password that you created will appear. Every computer / laptop that wants to enter your homegroup must first enter the password. Next select Finish.

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8. On laptop B (which wants to join the homegroup laptop A), also open the HomeGroup menu via the Control Panel. The name of the homegroup that was created by laptop A should appear, but at this step, errors sometimes occur, the homegroup that was created does not appear/detected. To solve this, just click Start the HomeGroup troubleshooter.

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9. Then select Next. Wait for the troubleshooting process to finish, it only takes a few minutes.

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10. A homegroup will appear that has been created by computer A, please select Join now to join the homegroup.

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11. Select Next.

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13. Select Next again.

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14. Enter the homegroup password that was created by laptop A. Then select Next to continue.

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15. Finally select Finish. So now you are connected to homegroup laptop A. You can access folders/files that have been shared by the laptop, including printers that you can also use.

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16. When you want to print a document, select the printer name that has been shared by laptop A. Make sure the printer status is Ready, not Offline.

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That's how to use HomeGroup to share printers. Not only used for sharing printers, you can also share your files and data with other users who have joined the HomeGroup that you have created. All right, I hope this article is useful and make sure you share it with your friends, who knows they may have the same problem as you.


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