Psus4 print server setup help?

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  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a

    kirkbross

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    I'm trying to connect a Canon i9900 to my Mac Pro (Penryn) using a Linksys PSUS4 USB print server. I have tried via IP and via AppleTalk, both with no luck -- the IP queue pauses when a test page is sent and the AppleTalk queue test page seems to go through, but never prints.

    Surprisingly, I have my PC printing through the Psus4 fine, but can't seem to set up my Macs right. I'm using a Linksys router and have two Macs and a PC connected (in addtion to the Psus4).

    Any tips?

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    It appears that you may use your Mac with this printer if you use either MacOS 9 or MacOS X (up through MacOS X 10.3.x) and connect it directly to your computer. You may share this printer if it is connected directly to a computer, either Mac or Windows. To communicate with a printer connected to your router, however, you need a CUPS driver. It is apparently not possible to write a CUPS driver for the Canon i9900. If you can communicate with the printer from Windows when plugged-in to the router, then you will have to setup the printer as a shared Windows printer.
     
  4. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah... I bought the print server so I wouldn't have to go the shared printer route (i.e. having to have both computer on to print). I read that a BJC-8500 driver would work with limited resolution, but I can't get it to work either. I also read a suggestion to buy a PrintFab driver -- I downloaded the trial and it doesn't work either. What a pain in the neck. I guess I'll have to go the sharing route.
     
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    Although this doesn't get around the driver issues, you need to enter a print-server-specific queue name for 99% of servers (and computers serving as servers, too). It is part of the address to route data to the port that the printer is connected to. I think L1 or P1 is right for the psus4. This should be in the manual. This holds true for the LPD and IPP protocols. The HP jetdirect protocol (= raw port 9100 on Winblows) uses port number rather than queue name.
     
  6. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I win.

    Well... after days of posting and fiddling, I finally got it to work. Man, what a hassle, but I'm relieved. Here's a recap for anyone with this problem.

    To get a PSUS4 print server working with a Canon i9100 under Mac OS X Leopard, do this:

    1. Download and install gutenprint-5.2.1-ub.dmg. Free / no signups. I'd reboot afterward, even though it doesn't demand it.

    2. Under System Preferences > Print and Fax, click the plus sign [+] under the printer list.

    3. Select the IP tab and "Line Printer Daemon - LPD" under Protocol.

    4. Enter the IP address of your Psus4 (it will be something like 192.168.1.105 but check in your psus setup to make sure).

    5. Enter "LP" for queue name (you might be able to change this or leave it blank, but it works so I'd just enter LP).

    6. Under name, put anything you want, I put i9100. It's what you will see when selecting a printer from the printer drop menu in an application.

    7.Leave Location blank.

    8. Under "Print Using" click the little up/down arrow on the right and click "Select a driver to use..." and choose "Canon PIXMA Pro9500 - CUPS - Gutenprint v5.2.1"

    9. Click Add button.

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    The reason I chose that particular one is because the Pro9500 is a newer "large format" printer (13"x19"). "CUPS" Drivers for normal size printers will print, but your stuff will come out reduced about 70% in size. Also, if it doesn't have "CUPS" in the name of the driver it won't work.

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