How to share Prinnters between X macs

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by maclamb, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. maclamb macrumors 6502

    maclamb

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    yes, this is my first time hooking up 2 or > macs - I finally converted my house of three computers from PC to macs.
    I have an HP 4000 Laserjet usb'd to one of the macs that is acting as a file server.
    I can see the printer from the mac it's physically connected to, but none of the other macs can see the printer - although they can see the shared drives on the mac w/ the printer

    Do I need to drop $200+ for OSX Server just for printer sharinng? nah....
     
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Re: How to share Prinnters between X macs

    You have a few options:

    1) Upgrade to OS X Server...not very economical for your use.
    2) Drop in a jetdirect card, like this one, and add it to your local network.
    3) Just use file sharing and manually/physically print from the machine directly connected...duh.:p
     
  3. bidge macrumors 6502

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    I also want to do the same thing.

    I'm just going to wait for jaguar

    "Printer manufacturers Epson, HP, and Lexmark are integrating Rendezvous into their new printers to enable them to be added and removed from networks without configuration. When you add your Mac to a network, Mac OS X automatically discovers and connects to the available Rendezvous-enabled printers and you're ready to print."

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/jaguar/rendezvous.html
     
  4. theranch macrumors 6502

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    print sharing

    I used to be able to do this in OS9 using a USB printer but now in OSX I can no longer. When in OS9 I had to have the printer software installed on all machines on my network (3 macs) in order to print from any of them...worked great. Now in OSX I just send the files to the computer that the printer is connected to.
     
  5. theranch macrumors 6502

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  6. maclamb thread starter macrumors 6502

    maclamb

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    solved...

    I bought a network card for the printer on ebay for 1/2 price and now all machines - PC and macs can see ther printer.

    thanks for al the ideas...
     

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