on 20-05-2010 18h07
I'm a real novice at this...
I Have just upgraded to a BT Home Hub 2.0 and want to network 2 computers (both with Vista) via ethernet (not wireless) so they can share printers & external hard drive.
I have been on Bt Desktop help and gone to the Networking section. The one computer (Kids) finds the home hub, network usb hub (where printers are connected in) & network device (PS3 - wireless), but other computer (Dell) comes up with error page...where have I gone wrong?
Do I unplug it all and start again? Both computers are accessing the internet without a problem. Not sure if I should leave the network usb hub out for now and see if it'll work without....
on 20-05-2010 18h17
The thing you should do first is uninstall the BT Desktop Help - it is not worth the effort because it doesn't really offer good advice.
To get your computers to share resources, go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Scroll down and look for the Network Discovery option and set it to allow. This should let the computers discover each other.
As for the Printers, if your computers don't detect them, try and install the drivers for the printers on each computer.
If you have any questions please post back
Hope this helps
on 20-05-2010 20h28
I'm using Vista : -> Network and Sharing Center -> Scroll down and look for the Network Discovery option are not available? Told you I'm a novice....
View network & tasks
Connect to a network
View Network Computers and devices
Add a device to the network
Set up File Sharing...
None of these have a 'network Discovery option'
on 20-05-2010 23h56
when you install the printer there is an option to share it out
so if youve configured the worjkgroups on all the computers to be the same you should see the other printers.
alternative is to get a print server
or use the usb port on the bt home hub and attatch the printer
on 24-08-2010 17h23
Thought I'd chip in on this one for interest. I found this was possible only a week or so ago whilst Googling for usb to ethernet adapters so I could network my printer. I found instructions elsewhere for using the HH USB port and it works faultlessly. Surely Bt could add this to the list of features of the HH??
on 24-08-2010 19h34
This might help if you're an XP user.
Use your BT Home Hub - Use it as a print server - Windows XP guide
Sunday 03 December 2006
Have you ever wondered what that USB port on your BT Home Hub was for? Well it turns out that you can use it to connect a printer to and therefore turning you BT Home Hub into a print server.
For some reason BT don't seem to share this information easily, I don't know why though as personally I think it's another selling point for them. The only reason I can think of is that they don't want to support it.
To set this up, follow the below (Windows Vista users, click here):
1) Connect your printer to the USB port on the BT Home Hub
2) Start the Add New Printer Wizard
3) Select to Add a local printer and make sure that the automatically detect option is unticked
4) Click Next
5) Select create a new port and select Standard TCP/IP port from the list
6) Click Next
7) Click Next
8) Enter 192.168.1.253 in the printer name field and the port name will automatically be completed
9) Click Next
10) Select Custom and click the settings button
11) Select LPR
12) Select LPR Byte Counting Enabled
13) Enter the Queue Name as LPT1
14) Click OK
15) Click Next
16) Click Finish
17) Either select your printer from the list or insert the printer driver CD and click have disk
18) Click Next
19) Enter your printer name and select if you want it to be your default printer
20) Click Next
21) Select if you want to share your printer
22) Click Next
23) Print a Test Page
24) Click Next
That's it, you should now be able to print to a USB printer connected to your BT Home Hub.
on 24-08-2010 19h42
great step by step guide but op is using 2 vista pcs
on 24-08-2010 20h30
Yes I realise that - I'll try to find the original link and post the instructions for Vista.
On the same subject does anyone know if a USB Hub could be attached to allow , say, a printer and an external hard drive?????