Printer Sharing. Must "Share name" match printername, on all computers?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Guest, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Three different computers, running three OSs; Vista Home Premium, XP Pro,
    and Win7 Pro 64-bit.

    My Vista laptop used to be connected to a certain Canon printer, and its
    name in Control Panel/Printers is "Canon iP6700D" and when I click on
    Properties, and the Share tab, that is also the spelling of the "Share

    If I am trying to network to that Canon printer, which is now hard-cabled to
    my Win7 computer, should I delete that printer reference on the Vista
    laptop, using Control Panel? I wonder if having that entry in the Vista
    system is somehow a problem in my efforts to nework it.

    The Win7 computer is hard-cabled to that Canon printer. In Control panel,
    the name under the icon for that printer is Canon Inkjet iP6700D, and in the
    Sharing tab under printer properties the Share name is exactly the same.

    I did manage to setup network access to that printer on the XP computer, by
    setting up the port using the computername of the Win7 computer. BTW, this
    same printer used to be hard-cabled to this XP, and there was already an
    icon for the printer before I bought the new computer. In Control panel, the
    name associated with the printer icon is "Canon iP6700D" but the Share name,
    in the properties/sharing tab, is "CanoniP" Regardless of this difference,
    I can print to the Canon just fine.

    Is it known for certain that it is important for all names, including the
    Share names, to be the same on all three computers? If it is, how would I
    go about making all the names the same? Would renaming in Control panel
    screw up something?

    I think that I should know the unequivocal facts about printernames and
    Share names before I make any more frustrating attempts to network the
    printer to my Vistap laptop. If and when I get that done, I will start on
    networking the HP Laser!
    Guest, Mar 4, 2010
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  2. Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Mar 4, 2010
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    So should I go into Control Panel on each of the three computers and rename
    the printer with a name that is short and has no spaces, and change the
    Share name to the same name? Does renaming a printer in this way screw up
    any exitsing functionality?

    I can print to that Canon from two computers already. If I do nothing else
    but the renaming mentioned above, do I screw something up?
    Guest, Mar 4, 2010
  4. It does not matter if the printer name and share name match. You can
    change the printer name to anything you like, and other machines can
    still use it as long as you don't change the share name. If you do
    change the share name, you have to go back to each of the networked
    computers and re-connect to the new share name.


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