Connecting printer to wireless network, any help please

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  1. zach ct macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2011
    I just got a macbook, I have my printer connected to a laptop with windows vista, there is also a Pc in the house with XP, all connected through a 'TP-Link' network.

    How can i make this printer appear and print for all computers in the house by use of the network?

    I have a spare network key which might be of use inorder to connect the printer to the network?

    Any advice is well apreciated!

    Thanks, zach
  2. zach ct thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2011
    Is this the wrong place to ask this question? if so please direct me as i am new to this site,
  3. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Step 1: Share the printer from your Windows computer.
    Enter the following google search terms:
    share windows printer

    In the top 10 results, I see instructions for XP and Vista, hosted on Microsoft's website.

    I also see an Apple article with the title "Mac OS X: Cannot locate a shared printer". You might want to read that if you run into problems.

    Step 2: Connect to the shared printer from your Mac computer:
    Found by googling: mac share windows printer

    I don't understand what you mean by a "spare network key".

    Do you mean the password or passphrase used to join the wireless network? If so, there's no such thing as a "spare": everyone joining the wireless network uses the same one.

    Please explain how you used any other "network key", such that you now have a spare one left over.
  4. jekyl macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I'm kind of confused by this as well. I generally prefer to run a print server for the printer. This can be as easy as plugging a "network printer" into a LAN port on the router, or plugging a USB printer into a USB port on the router (if the router has USB ports) or running a print server device between the printer and router (this is what I did, I have an old LaserJet 4MP I'm kind of fond of). I've always found sharing storage and printers through a computer to be awkward and inconvenient.
  5. zach ct thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2011
    I think 'internet key' is the correct term not network key. I have a spare one as i used it for my Pc before I got my MacBook.

    Is it possible to buy a female to female usb adaptor and plug the usb printer to the internet key?.. and show up on all computers in the network? i need this printer to run independently from any laptop or pc.

    Connecting the printer to the router is not possible due to space and location.

    Thanks for your help ill look into the sites and suggestions!!
  6. chown33, Dec 4, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011

    chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    I don't know what an "internet key" is, either.

    I have DSL for my internet connection. It uses a login and password to connect to my Internet Service Provider. No keys.

    I have at least a half dozen different computers connected to my DSL modem. They need no internet keys, either. The wireless ones need a wireless passphrase, but that's not a key: all the devices use the same passphrase.

    I suspect you'll have to eventually describe your network configuration and topology (what connects to what). Not sure an "internet key" would be needed for a printer, without knowing your network config and topology.

    Your description of plugging the printer into the internet key suggests the "internet key" is a physical thing. Maybe post a photo of it, and tell us who makes it, and what internet service provider it's for.

    Googling for "internet key" finds this device:

    I don't think you'll be able to connect it to your printer. I don't think it's relevant to the question of sharing a printer from Windows to a Mac.
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