Printing over Ethernet, while using Wifi for Internet

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gman71882, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    We have a odd situation at work where our internet gateway is down today, so no one can connect to the internet, but we can still access our internal network server to access files to work and print.

    I turned on the Mobile Hotspot on my phone to get internet access so I could check emails, but when I do, my iMac can no longer print to my local network Toshiba Printer because it is trying to connect with it over Wifi. I then have to turn off my hotspot connection just to print, then reactivate it to check emails again.

    Basically I am wanting to use Wifi for internet access, but Ethernet for Printing.
    Is there way to tell the system to print ONLY via Ethernet, and ignore the Wifi connection?
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Nope sorry. I think you'll have to turn off wifi when you want to print something.
  3. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Is it *possible*? Yes, it's possible. But it requires your network(s) to be designed to allow it. The key factor is how the networks are configured. Your networks may not be configured to work in that configuration. Work with the IT guy in your office.

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