Need IP address? SL + HP Printer + Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Bonked, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Bonked macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2005
    I've got an HP Laserjet 1012 hooked via USB into my airport extreme (the old, spaceship looking one) that I am sharing to multiple computers via WAN and LAN with Snow Leopard. I read that I need to use IP printing for this, but for the life of me I cannot find out how to get the printer's IP address. When I print the configuration page (by pressing "Go" button for 5 secs) I get everything but an IP address. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? Thanks!

    Sorry if the answer to this is somewhere in the forums, I really have searched as best I could.
  2. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    You shouldn’t need an IP address. I don’t have an AirPort, but I am sharing a printer from an iMac to a MacBook, and I think this should be the same process.

    Open up the “Print & Fax” preference pane in System Preferences, and click the “+” to add a new printer.

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    Your printer should show up here (don’t go to IP).

    Screen shot 2009-09-03 at 6.46.09 PM.png

    Select it, wait a few seconds for it to gather printer info, and click “Add”. It should show up in your list of printers from now on.
  3. Bonked thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2005
    Not quite

    Thanks but I'm trying to use IP addresses because in SL that technique isn't working for HP printers. Some kind of bug.
  4. treehorn macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2007
    If it makes you feel better it doesn't seem to be just an HP thing. It took me a couple days to get my Epson to print with Snow Leopard if it's hooked up to the computer. Still can't get it to print via Airport Extreme Base Station.
  5. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    If your printer isn't a network printer (=has its own ethernet port) then it's not going to have an IP address. It can't.

    The router to which it's connected will have an IP address.

    I've shared HP laserjets attached to new Airport Extremes under Leopard, but not under SL. I'm not at the location where I have that setup, unfortunately, or I could experiment with my setup on your behalf.

    I suspect you're stuck until either HP or Apple figures out what's wrong.
  6. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008

    The "ip printing" is different from "sharing + printing".

    In the 1st case, your computer communicates directly with the printer over IP.

    When a printer is shared (via Airport or other PC/Mac), I think it is 1st advertised via AFP or SAMBA. Then the client computer tells the sharing computer to print something.

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