using wireless on a macbook

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  1. mhuk01 macrumors 6502

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    i have just got my macbook and would like to connect it wirelessly to my pc to share files, and even print (printer is on the pc). Currently both the mac and pc are connected wirelessly to the internet through a router.

    what is the best way of doing this. straight from computer to computer, or through the router?

    cheers
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Definitely go through the router. We have a guide that you might be interested in when it comes to setting this up. :)
     
  3. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's great, but it doens't tell me how to share the printer!
     
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  5. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's for osx 10.3 i'm on 10.4

    I really don't understand how to do this. Do i have to manually add details to the macbook about the printer or should it just automatically connect to the printer and find it?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, the steps should still be the same. However, if you install Bonjour for Windows on the PC, it should simply be recognised and added normally through Printer Setup Utility. I emphasise the should. :p
     
  7. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i've just tried it but it looks like thats for discovering a printer on the mac, whereas my printer is on the pc. It recognises the printer and i add it, but when i print it says unable to connect to SAMBA host.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well, sort of. It's intended as a bridging language between the two platforms so it should mean that Macs have an easier time finding printers on their Windows brethren. Obviously this isn't always the case though. :(



    Maybe check this page for anything that might be causing you grief. :)
     
  9. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i've now managed to get it so that you press print, it says printing on both the mac and pc, and paper is about to go through, but it then stops and nothing prints!
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What did you change to get this far? What sort of printer is it? Does it print normally when connected directly to the Mac? :)
     
  11. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the printer name had a space, so i got rid of it.

    The mac says its printed so must have sent the document to the pc, but the pc just says printing and disappears, with nothing going through the printer!
     
  12. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    btw the printer is a dell 720, but surely it shouldn't matter about that because the drivers are needed for the pc end?
     
  13. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Buy the august issue Macworld, and it explains EVERYTHING on how to network, share printers, control the pc from the mac etc;)
     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Even on Windows when you print to a remote printer, you need that remote printer's drivers installed *locally* on any computer that's going to use that remote printer.
     
  15. Moe macrumors regular

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    Word!
     
  16. reburrcca macrumors member

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    I learned this the hard way on my MB. Such a pain, but worth it.
     

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