I have the Arris SBG6782 and would like to access the pc (plugged in) with the laptop(wifi). I would also like to be able to print from the laptop on the printer connected to the pc. Is this possible?
Hey smoreton !
The Arris SBG6782 has 4 Ethernet ports found at the back of the unit (Hardware Information - Arris SBG6782 Advanced WiFi Modem for a detailed picture), so it will certainly allow you to have a computer (or up to 4) wired directly to the modem, while at the same time providing you with wireless connectivity to your other computers/laptops/devices. For wireless printing, all you need to do is enter the username and password for the wireless network (which is printed on a sticker on our modem) on your printer so that it can connect. When the printer is connected to your wifi network, you will then be able to print from any of your computers/devices wirelessly. Hopefully this answers your inquiries. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in replying back.
Hi smoreton. Ken's suggestion of connecting the printer directly to the printer is definitely one option.
However, you would like to access the desktop with the laptop? Sounds like what you would like to do is set up what Microsoft refers to as a homegroup. With it set up on both computers, you would then be able to set up File and Printer Sharing. You'd be able to set up the desktop in the laptop's Windows Explorer and would then be able to access files in selected folders.
What operating systems are you running on the desktop and laptop? We should be able to point you in the right direction.
That's right Lance, I'd like to network them together but I wasn't able to figure out how. Both are Windows 7
Hey smoreton ! Thanks for getting back to us. This isn't something that falls under our support scope, but I was able to find some steps on how to do this here: HomeGroup from start to finish - Windows Help If you follow those instructions you should be able to get this working. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
The problem I'm having is that the laptop on wifi and the pc that's plugged in are on different networks, they can see eachother but I cannot join the same homegroup with them, nor can I find the other network on either computer to join. Pc is on home network 2 and the laptop is on shaw-e88096. Is this something to do with the modem/router? Windows troubleshooting is offering me no suggestions which is why I came here. I do appreciate your help so far.
If the desktop and laptop can see each other, that's an excellent sign! You should now be able to set them up with access privileges.
(And don't worry about those names that the desktop and laptop are giving as being connected to. That's just the computer's way of letting you know the desktop is directly connected while the laptop is wifi.)
I found this page that should do an even better job than the Microsoft page at explaining how to set up networking - How to Set Up Windows 7 Homegroups for Seamless, Instant Sharing Between PCs In Your Home
Go to the desktop and type 'homegroup' into the start menu's search box. Then follow the wizard to create and name your new Homegroup, and chose what kinds of files you want to share. Make sure you note the name and password of that new Homegroup.
Then go to your laptop, again type 'homegroup' into the start menu's search box. It should find the desktop's Homegroup. Join it, let it know which files you want to share from the laptop, and enter the password.
On both computers, you should then be able to go to Windows Explorer and see the files on the other computer.
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