Print to AppleTalk printer from XP

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My brother came home with an AppleTalk print server yesterday. You plug one end into your LAN and the other end into your printer. It works fine, I can see the printer on my Mac, and also on Windows 2000 after installing the AppleTalk protocol.

The problem is that XP doesn't have the AppleTalk protocol. Basically we need a way to talk to an AppleTalk printer from an XP box. Any ideas?

Thanks :)
 

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Not sure about this, and it kind of defeats the purpose of having a print server, but you could share the network printer from your Mac, and I think the XP box would see it that way.

Also, I did a quick Google search and came across this page, which says this:
On a W2K machine (and maybe similarly in WXP, I don't know)...
1) Select "Start>Settings>Network and Dial-Up Connections"
2) Open the properties of "Local Area Connection" or whatever you named your connection.
2) Select "Install>Protocols>Add->AppleTalk Protocol" and finish.
3) Select "Start>Settings>Printers"
4) Select "Add Printer>Next"
5) Select "Local Printer(don't "Automatically detect my plug and play printer")>Next
6) Select "Create New Port>AppleTalk Printing Devices>Next"
7) Navigate to and select your on-line AppleTalk printer and press "OK"
8) You probably don't want to "Capture this AppleTalk device?" since this PC is probably a guest on a Mac network, but you could.
9) Choose a driver, etc.
 
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LeeTom said:
Not sure about this, and it kind of defeats the purpose of having a print server, but you could share the network printer from your Mac, and I think the XP box would see it that way.
Yeah, that does defeat the purpose :rolleyes:

LeeTom said:
Also, I did a quick Google search and came across this page, which says this:
I've seen that, but it doesn't work in XP because AppleTalk's no longer supported :(
 
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Ah yeah, it looks like you're S.O.L. This helpful Microsoft Knowledgebase Article basically tells you to figure it out on your own.

You'd probably be better off buying a used Airport BaseStation and plugging it into that!
 
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