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BEFSR41 and printing..

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Oct 19, 2003
My dad recently purchased a Linksys BEFSR41 Router to share his DSL connection with my computer. I have to do schoolwork on my computer every day, so I need a way to print it. I don't have a computer, but my dad does, so I've been saving my work to a floppy disk and printing my pages from the disk when I am done with my homework. My dad, however, thinks that I can print my files directly from my computer through the router. I don't think I can do that, because we only have a router, not a network hub. I've done searches on the internet, and I haven't found anything that says I can print things through the router, but I haven't found anything that says I can't, either. Basically, I'm asking if I can access his printer from my computer. Thanks a lot for your help.

P.S. I said that we have a router and not a network hub, but I could be wrong. A router could be the same thing as a network hub - I don't really know anything about networking.

su root

Senior Member, --, I teach people how to read your
Aug 25, 2001
Ontario, Canada
A hub, switch, and router "essentially" do the same thing. Across all of the normal ports, they all provide connectivity between connected computers. (They differ after that).

The router you specified does not have a built-in print server. However, you can print to his printer from your computer over the network. Here's how:

Goto your dad's computer:
Start / Settings / Printers
Right click on the printer and select "Sharing..."
Select "Shared As:" and type in a name for the printer.
Click OK.

Then goto your computer:
Start / Settings / Printers
Double Click "Add New Printer"
Network Printer / Next
Click Next again without typing in anything.
The printer should show up in the list.
Select it, Click Next, Select Yes, click next, then finish.

Then try printing a test page from your computer. His computer must be on, and you might have to go down and turn on the printer manually.


Dec 7, 2002
make sure that you establish your account on your fathers computer (win2000/xP), I have 4 computers on the same router and everything works very good
also set up firewall permissions if you have firewall