Networking nightmare

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NuméroHuit, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. NuméroHuit macrumors newbie


    Apr 14, 2010

    I'm relatively new to Mac (purchased my first desktop a year ago) and now have invested into a laptop for university. I have NO idea how networking works (I know it exists, I know vaguely of its benefits).

    What I want to do is to link my Mac desktop and my MacBook together. First off, there is a printer on the desktop that I'd like to have wireless access to through the MacBook. I thought I could handle that with Printer Sharing but when I try to print something off of the laptop, it endlessly searches for the printer in vain.

    Also, I'd like the iCals of the two computers to sync - is that possible?

    More over, can iTunes sync as well?

    File sharing in itself is not essential to me. It'd be nice but the most important things are the printer and the calendars. I'd appreciate any tips or nods in the right direction.

  2. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    Ok if you want to share your printer over the network then you need to enable printer sharing on your iMac.

    Once you do that then it your printer should show up when you connect your macbook to the network.
  3. NuméroHuit thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 14, 2010
    I have done that by going to System Preferences > Sharing > Printer Sharing. I've selected the right printer and in turn, the Macbook does recognize the printer and I can select it to print but when I attempted to print a test page nothing happened. The job stayed active in the job tray but it said "Searching for printer". The printer was on and the wireless was working so what's the issue?

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