I am setting up a small office (about 5 machines) with no central server. It's pretty low-budget so I'm trying to work with what I have. Right now we have a few printers, but only one guy (connected to a printer, say Bob) is here all day. One user (not connected to a printer, say Jane) needs to be hooked up to a printer so I thought that Bob could share his printer and Jane could just use his shared printer when she needed to print. A bit hacky, yes, but way better than emailing him documents to print for her.
The problem is, when I try to access his machine from hers, his computer shows up in the network list but it cannot be accessed. However, he is able to access her machine from his. I am also not able to access his machine from mine. I turned on all the "sharing" settings in Network and Places and yet for some reason I can't get access. Does anyone have any idea as to what could be wrong (or, better yet, a better solution)? If I need to provide more details I would be happy to.
- All computers involved (not including mine) are on Vista Home Premium
- The printer is a Brother, no network port
- All computers are on the same "workgroup"
- All computers are hardwired to the same router