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I'm a n00b to networking. How would I go upon sharing 2 printers and 1 fax machine with 8 PCs? They are all running Windows 7 Professional. Basically I would like to wirelessly connect to the Home Network and print and/or fax from anyone PC. Thank you for any suggestions.
 
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Are they all connected by wired / wireless?
    
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I'd recommend getting a network printer for that situation tbh. Going to be a ton easier to deal with.
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control panel > network and home sharing > create homegroup > then connect the other PCs to the same network and join the same homegroup > install printer on the host PC and share it > any PCs on the homegroup should now be able to access the printer.

Good luck! once you done it, it's very rewarding
    
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control panel > network and home sharing > create homegroup > then connect the other PCs to the same network and join the same homegroup > install printer on the host PC and share it > any PCs on the homegroup should now be able to access the printer.

Good luck! once you done it, it's very rewarding
Also the host PC has to be on in order for any of the others to print from it.
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You can either create a network homeshare group or buy a wireless/network printer. if you decide to do a homeshare group, the printer drivers are installed on all machines and you must keep the one computer on that is connected to the printer. Also, the printer must be compatible with Win7/Vista
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Are they all connected by wired / wireless?
3 computers are wired and the other 5 are a mix of laptops and tablets.

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control panel > network and home sharing > create homegroup > then connect the other PCs to the same network and join the same homegroup > install printer on the host PC and share it > any PCs on the homegroup should now be able to access the printer.

Good luck! once you done it, it's very rewarding
That's what I had in mind. I had a vague idea of how Homegroup works other than remembering it always asking me to choose between Home, Work, Public whenever I plugged in my CAT5e/6 cable and then asking what I wanted shared.

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You can either create a network homeshare group or buy a wireless/network printer. if you decide to do a homeshare group, the printer drivers are installed on all machines and you must keep the one computer on that is connected to the printer. Also, the printer must be compatible with Win7/Vista
Thanks for the driver reminder.
 
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Just found out Windows 7 Homegroup requires IPv6 and I only have a IPv4 capable router.
 
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