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Printer sharing with NetBEUI

Printer sharing with NetBEUI

Printer sharing with NetBEUI

I have 2 PC's networked via Linksys BEFSR41.

One PC is running XP Professional and the other is running W2K Professional.

For security reasons I am only using TCP/IP for the Internet connection, and I have removed the binding for TCP/IP to File and Printer Sharing and also from Client for MS Networks on both PC's.

I have successfully installed installed NetBeui on both computers.

I have defined the same workgroup name on both computers, and the NetBeui protocol is bound to File and Printer Sharing and also to Client for MS Networks.

However, I cannot see the other PC in Network Places on either computer.

I am trying to share a USB printer that is on the XP machine, so I can also print from my W2K machine. I have shared the printer, but as I mentionned nothing shows up in Network Places, nor can I connect using \\workgroup\computer_name. It gives me the error "the network path cannot be found".

Is it even possible to share a printer this way?  I really don't want to use TCP/IP, since NetBEUI is supposed to be better for small networks, and also because of the security issues.

Any ideas anyone has would be appreciated.



RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

You need to populate the lmhosts files on both machines with the following:

W2KIP     W2KNAME     #PRE

XPIP is the XP machine's IP address
XPNAME is the XP machine's name
W2KIP is the W2K machine's IP address
W2KNAME is the W2K machine's name

Then, run nbtstat -R to refresh the remote cache name table, and you should be able to see the shares on the other machine by going to Start - Run - and typing \\NAME

RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

Thank you for your reply, however, wouldn't I only populate the LMHOSTS file if I was using NetBEUI OVER TCP/IP??  My machines only have IP addresses to connect to the Internet.  TCP/IP has been unbound from File and Print Sharing and also from Client for MS Networks...

RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

The lmhosts file is used for netbios name resolution.

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