Sharing a LabelWriter on a Windows Network (from an XP/Vista PC)

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The easiest way to share a Dymo Labelwriter 450 series printer over a network is to use the new Dymo Print Server.  However, these are quite expensive and you can use the built in features of MS Windows to share the printer instead.

Just follow these steps if physically connecting the Labelwriter to a Windows XP or Vista PC:

  1. Make sure the LabelWriter has been installed correctly on the PC where the LabelWriter is physically connected to.
  2. Install the Dymo Label Software on that PC.
  3. Makes sure the LabelWriter prints without any problems on that PC.

Once you've confirmed that the LabelWriter is working correctly, you can share it on your Windows Network by taking these steps:

  1. Open the Printers folder using one of these methods (depending on configuration):
    Start > Printers & Faxes
    Start > Settings > Printers

    Start > Control Panel > Printers & Other Hardware > View installed printers or fax printers
    Start > Control Panel > Printers & Faxes
  2. Right-click on the LabelWriter you wish to share and select Sharing. Enable sharing on the LabelWriter.  If you plan on using the LabelWriter in conjunction with the DYMO Label Software (DLS), ensure that the share name is compatible with the version of DLS installed.  The DYMO Label Software 6.x requires all installed DYMO printers include the word "LabelWriter" in the printer name. If the word "LabelWriter " is not in the printer name, DLS 6.x will report that a DYMO LabelWriter printer is not installed.
  3. On the network workstation, install the Dymo Label Software.  When prompted to choose a connection type, select Network/LAN and follow the on-screen instructions.
You should now be able to print from the networked PC.