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I have a Desktop with Ubuntu 11.10 (32 bit) with a Brother MFC printer/scanner connected to it, the desktop is connected to the internet via LAN line. I also have a netbook that is used in the living room and the most, it is 11.10 (32 bit). The netbook connects to the internet via Wifi.

How (can?) do I set it up so I can print to the printer with the netbook, without having to connect it to the printer in the other room or using google cloud printer?

Thank you for your time and answers.

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i dont have a network –  Dustin Jan 18 '12 at 0:51
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I don't have your exact setup, but this will get you going in the right direction, if you get stuck just update your question. You need to enable printer sharing:

In this case the computer connected to the printer will be the "Ubuntu print server", so just follow the directions in that part of the document.

  1. On the server machine (the one the printer is attached to), open System -> Administration -> Printing. This will open the Printer Configuration window. OR you can open the following URL in your browser: http://localhost:631
  2. Select Server in the menu bar, and then Settings. This will open the Basic Server Settings window.
    1. Check the second box: Publish shared printers connected to this server
  3. If this computer acts as both a Print Server and a client (it does need access to a printer connected to another computer), select also the first box, "Show printers shared by other systems".

After that just right click on the printer and select "Shared":

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