Mac-to-Mac Printing

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Nave05, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Nave05 macrumors newbie

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    hello...so, i have an iMac and MacBook. My iMac is connected to my printer through USB, and my question is: is there any way to print from my macbook through my imac? for instance, can i send the print job from my macbook via bluetooth or airport to my iMac to print? i am getting sick of switching the USB cord from computer to computer. i know i could just get a hub or something but i would still have to be close enough to connect the macbook to the hub. this may be a bit fickle but it would really make things simpler. thanks for any help!
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    First make sure you have the same version driver on both computers (so their print settings/Copies & Pages options will work right).

    Then on the computer with printer attached, go to Syst Prefs > Sharing and turn on printer sharing. Go to the Print & Fax prefs pane > sharing tab to be sure sharing is enabled, too.

    On the Mac without the printer, go to Print & Fax Prefs and click Add (+). The shared printer should show up in the window with Default Browser at the top.

    Read more about this in Finder Help > mac Help.
     
  3. Nave05 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey thanks for the reply!

    i tried everything you instructed but, on the mac w/o the printer, when i clicked on Add (+), the shared printer connected to my other mac didnt show up. I messed around a little bit and tried to find it but couldnt. I also went to the Mac Help but nothing worked.

    I live on a college campus and can only connect to the internet via airport so i thought maybe that would have something to do with it. Perhaps my MacBook and my iMac are somehow on a different network. anyways if you have any other ideas, please lemme know.

    Thanks!
     
  4. ruZZ.il macrumors member

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    In the printer & fax prefs, is the printer set as "shared"?
     
  5. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    The extra info about being in a school network is helpful. It is possible they have blocked the "port" for Mac print sharing (631). You can ask the school IT people about that.
     

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