Airport will not print with my printer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thieln74, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. thieln74 macrumors newbie

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    So I finally decided to hook my printer up to my airport system that I've had for about a year and a half. I looked up on the mac website that it is just suppose to start printing. Well it's not printing.

    I went in and looked around for a while and under System Prefs, Print and Fax, Set up Printers, Utility it's asking for my printers IP address???? I'm lost! Someone please fill me in?
     
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Look under "rendezvous" or "bonjour" printers.


    Also, depending on what printer it is, it MAY need a driver...
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    What printer? How connected? What OS? What Mac?

    Commonly, for network printing you need to actually delete the printer drive you had installed previously, before you re-set it up with the airport.
     
  4. thieln74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. mklos macrumors 68000

    mklos

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    ROFL...Lexmark!!! LOL! :D


    You need to look under Bonjour(aka Rendezvous) for the printer. It will not show up an IP Printer because its not an IP Printer. You may need to install/re-install drivers for it to work.
     
  6. thieln74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have been using mac for a while and I kinda know what Rendezvous means but not really. Please explain
     
  7. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Rendezvous (now called Bonjour) is basically zero configuration wireless networking. For example, I have an AirPort Extreme Base Station with my Brother Laser Printer connected to it via USB. All I had to do was plug the printer into AirPort and it automatically added itself into my PowerBook as a printer as soon as my PowerBook picked up the AirPort signal.

    It will only work like that as long as you already have the printer drivers installed.

    This is a godsend for businesses and schools as you can take a brand new printer out of the box, plug it in and turn it on and its already added to everyone's computer. True plug n' play....
     

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