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How To Share A Printer Over The Internet

Karl L. Gechlik 21-02-2009

share a printer over the internet That’s right boys and girls you read that correctly, you can share a printer over the internet. All without any Admin intervention or setting up and modifying any firewall/router permissions. This little application gets installed on the machine you want to print from and on the machine you want to print to.


Once theis remote printing software is installed and you choose what printer you want to share it is easy to print across the interwebs. The best part is not that it is free for standard use, but that it works on Windows, Macs and Linux!

Let’s check it out! First we download the 1.6MB installer from PrintAnywhere and then launch it. There are separate download links for Windows, Linux and Mac.

printanywhere - remote printing software

We normally hate signing up for services but here it is understandable seeming as you will be sharing out your devices. Choose to create a new user account by selecting the button below and hitting next.

remote printing over internet


The only required information here is your nickname and your email address. You need to provide a legit email address because that is where they will send your password. You can always use a disposable email account 5 Disposable Web Accounts to Keep Your Identity Safe Identity theft is on the rise. According to StatisticBrain, between 12 and 15 million people lose an average of $5,000 per victim each year. One way to stay safe is with a disposable web identity. Read More if you are super paranoid.


That’s all there is to the installation. Now let’s take a look at how to configure our remote printing.

If you leave the checkbox to open the PrinterShare console checked, it will open for you automatically. Otherwise you will have to open it from the start menu or the system tray.


remote printing xp

You will see your user number (which you will need to connect from the remote client) and all your installed printers. Just highlight the one you want to use and hit the share button below. The button will turn from Share to Unshare after it has been clicked.


Now go to your email and find your password. With that you can install the client on the remote machine. Just follow the steps above but this time when asked for a username and password you have one to give it.


Once that is done simply click “find printers” on your client. Type in your user ID and hit “find”. It will show you the shared printer and its status. Double click on it.


It will now appear below as a shared printer. You can already test it out. Go find a test document to print.



You will now have a printer called PrinterShare that is accessible from any program that can print.


Now pick your printer (if you have shared multiple ones) and that’s all there is to it. Using this free version it will print a cover sheet with an advertisement on it unless you pay a premium fee.

I can’t justify that though – $20.00 vs. a little paper and ink”¦



Do you have any super simple cross platform ways to share a printer over the internet? Put us on in the comments!

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  1. Bob Bertrand
    July 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    This service is NOT free.

  2. sam
    November 15, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Hey m trying to print some reports from other computer using crystal reports but it giving error ... i dont know wht to do !

  3. laptop
    October 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    thanks for sharing , i will test it asap :-)

  4. SEM
    September 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Cool! But you should use the existing code to create a program that lets anyone print to your printer, making annoying fax machines completely obsolete.

  5. Fred
    February 27, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Um, for Windows, why not just configure/enable sharing on your XP or Vista machine? Why kill more trees and waste ink with this? I don't get it.

  6. El Di Pablo
    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Nice Karl! Looks like it went FP on digg! Good work :-)

  7. what
    February 22, 2009 at 4:44 am

    no body heard of CUPS before?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      February 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

      Of course we have - this is just an ALTERNATIVE. Say it with me now boys and girls!

  8. Derge
    February 22, 2009 at 4:42 am

    This is pretty dumb. There are better ways to do this. One way is IPP. Linux and Mac can act as an IPP print server using CUPS. XP Pro, Windows Server, (and probably versions of Vista) can act as an IPP print server too, because it is built into IIS. All three can act as IPP print clients really easily too. It just requires you to open/forward one port in your firewall. Big friggin' deal.

    This crappware program requires that you sign up with them and pay them money unless you want ads printed out when you print something. Also, obviously if it doesn't require you to open/forward an incoming port, it is forcing your print server machine to make an outgoing connection to their web print service which is probably worse than opening an incoming port in this case since you don't know and have no reason to trust these folks.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      February 22, 2009 at 8:56 am

      This is a free application that works with no administrative knowledge. CUPS, IPP and others DO require this. As for security - I wouldnt recomend printing your tax return but a simple party flyer or similar is what this is all about!

      Wow so many people hating on apps for ease of use, Not everyone is an Admin!

      • Derge
        February 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm

        Normal (unprivileged) users would probably be unable to install the software. If that is the case, than administrative privileges would be required.

        • Yeti
          February 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

          Totally agree. And I don't like the idea of using this software myself. Would rather create a VPN connection and print via that, not using a 3rd party connection.

  9. Void
    February 22, 2009 at 1:15 am

    After downloading this program my mac crashed. It has the latest version of Leopard and is an Intel MBP. I'd highly recommend that anyone with a similar mac not download this. Finder, Safari, Spotlight, iChat, as well as every other program would not load. Finder did not even show when I opened the window that normally allows me to relaunch it or force quit other applications. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT download this application if you are not willing to risk such a situation.

  10. jgstew
    February 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Yoics is an interesting alternative that does a lot more as well. Yoics might be overkill just for printing and will not install on linux.

  11. sbemem
    February 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    very cool.

  12. dean
    February 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Remember you cant use this on 64Bit windows OSs, It is the only reason I didnt use when i was setting up remote printing from our windows 2008 server. We had to use VPN instead.

  13. shrapnel09
    February 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I don't know... It seems like this would encourage a lot of inappropriate use of company properties. At least the first thing I think of is setting up my home computer to print to my work printer, but I guess it could be the other way around.
    It seems a lot like faxing. If you could give people one time use to print to your printer, it would eliminate the need for faxes.

  14. Lewis King
    February 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Is there a Mac setup wizard? Or does it have to be started on Windows?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      February 22, 2009 at 8:54 am

      Yes there is a mac installer but I did not try it out. Only Windows and Linux.

    • X
      August 7, 2009 at 1:16 am

      Lewis king

      yes i have mac setup wizard but you have to send me your nude pics on my email address. if i receive it then i will send U.

  15. Gordon
    February 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    thanks a lot!! i was looking for something like this

  16. sam
    February 21, 2009 at 11:49 am

    This is great! Thanks so much. Hope it will continue.

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