Printer sharing

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  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible to share a printer through a network if the printer is hooked up to my iMac and I want to share the printer to a windows laptop? If so, how can I set it up?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Assuming the computers are on the same network then it should be a matter of enabling printer sharing in System Preferences on the Mac and then installing Bonjour for Windows on the PC. Follow the prompts and you should be fine. :)
     
  3. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The network I connect to is the same network I use to get on the internet with my laptop. I am assuming since I am connected to the internet with my network I created, I should be connected to my network. However, when I use bonjour to look for printers, nothing shows up. I have set my printer on the imac to share in the system preferences. But my windows laptop does not see any printers.

    Any help?

    Stupid Windows. The only reason I have a windows laptop is because my school required windows.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, what version of Windows is it? Are the machines on the same subnet? Are you using the inbuilt firewall on the PC? :)
     
  5. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I am getting a little closer to getting the printer setup. I finally was able to get bonjour to find the printer. I installed the drivers on my PC. Now, for some reason, it won't print. I can get the printer to print if I directly plug in the USB but through the network there is no printing.

    any ideas?
     
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    you have enabled print/file sharing in the firewall on the xp/vista machine havent you :)
     
  7. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I have the box for file/printer sharing checked.
     
  8. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have McAfee Security Center installed as well. I am not sure if that is causing problems or not
     
  9. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    yeah firewall maybe stopping it try turning that off

    or it might just be a slow connection over the network
     
  10. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Even with the firewall turned off, I still can't get anything to print.
     

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