Imac as printer/internal network server

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  1. disconap macrumors 68000

    disconap

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    Hi all. Ok, We've got an iMac that hasn't bee turned on in three weeks. It's going to waste, so we thought why not set it up as a print server/in-house document server. Can this be done either using airport or ethernet (via a firewalled DSL modem/router)? Eventually we'd also like it to host our phone services as well (not really a problem from all accounts), but I'm basically looking for the most efficient way to set this up...
     
  2. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    i have mine setup as a print server for a usb-connected hp printer. i have my work laptop & (dare, i say) windows machine printing thru it ...
     
  3. disconap thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That is EXACTLY what I need, down to the printer (an HP 2200 laserjet)! How did you configure your set-up?
     
  4. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    i'll let you know once i get home. it's all windows crap in this place :D
     
  5. disconap thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cool, very much appreciated. Right now (due to our USB extension cable getting chewed to shreds), we're doing the usb jump drive between machines thing, which is a pain in the ass...
     
  6. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    i'll be assuming that you have the printer already set on the mac.

    share the printer
    - go to system preferences
    - select Print & Fax
    - clink on the sharing tab
    - check the checkbox to share the printer of your choice

    enable printer sharing (lpd)
    - system preferences
    - select "Sharing"
    - On the "services" tab, check "Printer Sharing" (this will also enable firewall ports)

    configure on the client (PC)
    - from the start menu -> Settings - Printers & Faxes
    - on the left-hand side, click on add printer
    - add a Network printer
    - Choose: Connect to the printer on the internet ...
    - Type:
    http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:631 (where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP of your MAC)
    or
    http://machinename:631 (if you have name resolution enabled)

    that's it, i think. hopefully this helps. let me know if it doesn't work for you.

    have fun!
     
  7. disconap thread starter macrumors 68000

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