How to share Prinnters between X macs

maclamb

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Jan 28, 2002
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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....
 

Rower_CPU

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Oct 5, 2001
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Re: How to share Prinnters between X macs

Originally posted by maclamb
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....
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
 

bidge

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Jul 16, 2002
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New Zealand
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
 

theranch

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Jan 3, 2002
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Atlantic City area
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.
 

maclamb

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Jan 28, 2002
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Northern California
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...