Network Mac + PC Printer

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  1. Sweener88 macrumors 6502

    Sweener88

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    Hey,
    I have a mac and my mom brother and sister all have pcs, we use a router of the internet and i was wondering, how can i set it up so i can use the printer that is connected directly to my moms pc? iv never created any network of anykind so links to picture guides would be most helpful! lol thanks guys!
     
  2. scanlanlee macrumors member

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    Hi- you could be in for some fun, first part is easy.
    Go to you mums PC and 'share' the printer (BTW what is the model?)
    to do this open the printers section in Control Panel, right click on the printer and select share.
    That make the printer visable to the other computers including the mac, add the software driver for the specific printer (if not already installed on the Mac) and then add this to your printers on your mac

    Should be as easy as that - however i never managed to get my old samsung laser to print via a windows machine and i did try!
    In the end bought a print server and all the late nights and headaches went away.
    I hope you have better luck.
     
  3. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    You might end up having to connect the printer to your mac and share it over Bonjour. Then just install the Bonjour client on the PCs. I never had much luck networking printers on windows.:(
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I've gotten printing off a Windows-shared printer to work, but you can certainly also install Bonjour on the Windows computer, keep the printer *there*, and use Bonjour to share it out. Just need to have Bonjour on all the Windows computers.
     
  5. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    ^^

    You can do that? I might have to try that out. Yeah, if that is an option, I can assure you that would be the easiest way.

    Edit: After searching the forums, people said that Bonjour - Windows is only a Client and not a Server.:(
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not so sure. This is what Apple says:

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/bonjour/

    Give it a try. I think the people in the threads you read are wrong -- although I could certainly be the one. Bonjour is ad-hoc. That's the whole point. So I don't see why they'd make it only able to latch on and not transmit.
     
  7. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    ^^^

    How does one share a printer over Bonjour in Windows? When I navigate to Start > All Programs > Bonjour.. All I see is "Printer Setup" which starts searching for printers automatically. How can I share printers/files from that computer?:confused:
     

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