Home Network Print Problem - Need help - Works fine on 2 of 3 computer


  1. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
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    Home Network Print Problem - Need help - Works fine on 2 of 3 computer


    Hi -
    Hopefully someone has some ideas as to why I am having the issue that I am experiencing.

    Here is a rundown of the three computers -
    1) Personal Desktop - Win 10 - MS Defender - Workgroup:WORKGROUP
    2) Personal Laptop- Lenovo - Win 10- MS Defender - Workgroup:WORKGROUP
    3) Work Laptop -Dell - Win 10 - Symantec Endpoint - Domain:GALEN

    Personal Linux Print server (Netgear ReadyNAS) - Workgroup:MSHome

    The Print server is set for sharing and all three computers have Discovery/File sharing enabled.
    Computers 1 & 2 work flawlessly recognizing and using the shared network printer on my local network.

    However...
    Computer 3 struggles to 'see' the network printer. Sometimes it works, but 99% of the time computer 3 never finds the print server. I disabled the Symantec Virus tool but this did not fix the problem. I am wondering whether the fact that computer 3 is on a domain is causing my problem. I thought that setting the printer and computers for 'sharing' would mean that the domain/workgroup is a non-issue. Is this correct?

    Does anyone have some tips for solving my printer access problem?

    Thanks -
    Jim
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    It's been since the late '90s that I used a Print Server and it was a Win95 computer on a Network. My personal setup is 2 HP printers connected to my Router by Ethernet cable and any computer Wired or Wireless/Wi-Fi I install the software on can access them. My wife uses the OfficeJet frequently/daily printing recipes from the other room, for bulk printing I most use the LaserJet, generally cheaper than ink.
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  3. Posts : 264
    Windows 10 Enterprise
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    rfdes said:
    Hi -
    1) Personal Desktop - Win 10 - MS Defender - Workgroup:WORKGROUP
    2) Personal Laptop- Lenovo - Win 10- MS Defender - Workgroup:WORKGROUP
    3) Work Laptop -Dell - Win 10 - Symantec Endpoint - Domain:GALEN
    Personal Linux Print server (Netgear ReadyNAS) - Workgroup:MSHome
    The Print server is set for sharing and all three computers have Discovery/File sharing enabled.
    Does anyone have some tips for solving my printer access problem?
    Jim
    I believe the issue lies with your printserver. I would change the printserver to be in the same workgroup and not mshome as it is now. Also, the third pc is part of a domain and not the workgroup. So, if you don't need the domain at home, then remove it from the domain and put it in the workgroup. Then I believe your printing woes would be gone.
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