How to Share Printers Over WAN

By Avery Martin

Your printer doesn't have to be wireless to be shared on your network.
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Sharing a printer over a wireless area network can eliminate the need for complicated wired network setups and the need for each computer station to have its own printer. HomeGroups provide an optimal solution for company networks that have a combination of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems. HomeGroups allow computers on the same network the ability to share a printer without having to configure advanced sharing options. While designed with the home user in mind, the HomeGroups feature provides a simple and secure option for businesses without IT support services.

Swipe inwards from the right edge of the screen. Alternatively, position your mouse in the upper-right corner and move downwards, then click "Settings."

Select "Change PC Setting" and "HomeGroup." If necessary, click the "Change Network Location" link and set your network to "Private."

Select "Create" – or, if a HomeGroup already exists, enter the password and click "Join." Complete this process for each computer you want to grant access to your printer.

Select the "Printers" check box to share connected printers on your network. Your printer becomes available to all computers in the same HomeGroup.


If you already have a HomeGroup, you'll be asked to join the group.

Computers set up on domains can join but not create HomeGroups.

Each computer must be on the same wireless network and HomeGroup to access the shared printer.


Information in this article applies to Windows 8 and Windows RT. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.