Sharing your printer remotely over the Internet is as easy as pie, if you know how to get the work done. Particularly, in an office-based environment, it becomes quite a necessity to share your printer with other systems and devices. Previously, sharing your files over the internet was considered to be a quite a tough job. But now, thanks to some very creative methods (including the cloud), the internet allows numerous options of remotely sharing your printer over the internet within minutes. Here are some quick and easy ways to share your printer remotely over the internet. You can go with whatever method suits you the best!
1. Local Network Sharing
The simplest mode of sharing your printer over the internet is sharing from your local network. Attach a printer to your PC and then establish a home network. Turn on printer sharing option and the user who wants to access the printer will have to connect to your PC. This method of course works best within LAN (Local Area Networks) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Networks).
2. Google’s Cloud Print
Where Google is busy in bringing the best browsing services to its users, it is also working to find the ways that grant comfort to its user-base. Introducing Google’s Cloud Print, which allows users to share their printer remotely over the Internet.
Using the same services within the Google Drive, Google Cloud allows users to connect their printer to their Google account. All you need is to Sign-in to your Google account, and click on the chrome menu. Then select the settings option from the menu. Here you’ll find an option of Show advanced settings. Click Add Printer and Log in to the Google Cloud Print feature from the given option. Google will ask you for your details regarding selection of printer, etc. After that you’ll be able to share your documents with your friends remotely on the internet!
3. Setup A VPN Network
If Local Area Networking (LAN) is not your thing, then you can go for providing access to your printers using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). There are a number of VPN programs available to download. Once you have a VPN setup, you can connect to it to create a secured remote network. This remote network will channel all your data and allow you to safely share access to your printers, including giving others (your friends, hopefully!) the ability to use your printer remotely.
A VPN is used by a lot of businesses to allow file and printer sharing for their employees working in separate offices.
Sharing a printer remotely is quite useful, and allows you to be connected with your printer not matter your location; be it the other room or the other side of world. Which of the above methods have you tried out for remote printer sharing? Is there a method we’re missing out on? If so, please let us know in the comments below!