remote printing from mbp

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  1. macRat17 macrumors member

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    How do i print stuff from my mbp through my pc's router and printer? I have no idea how to set this up so any help would be appreciated. Thx.
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    so i am assuming your printer is connected to your router which is a printer server by a parallel connection? are you using Leopard or Tiger? use these directions.

    - open system preferences and select "Print & Fax"
    - click the plus icon to add a printer
    - in the add printer window select IP and then LDP printer daemon
    - in the address field type the router IP address (i.e. for my netgear router it is 192.168.0.1)
    - in the queue field type the queue name of your print server. for my netgear FR114P its "fr114p". youll need to find this out in the manual or by a google search. also try "lp".
    - name and location can be anything
    - select the printer driver from "print using:". if your printer isnt there you may have to try the manufactorers site for Mac OS X drivers. if there are none try the generic post script printer.
     
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  4. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    Remote Printing from MBP

    I am having the same problem with a Lexmark X-75. I can print when I am plugged in via the USB but cannot remotely.
    I have the lexmark connected to a PC via USB. The printer is shared through the PC being connected to a router. Other wireless PC's can print successfully wirelessly to this printer. I cannot with the Macbook Pro. I tried to add a printer as suggested above but no luck. I tried using the IP address of both the router and the PC that the printer is connected to through the USB. Not sure what I should be using. I was not able to fined the print server name to fill in the queue field. Not sure what it is. On the PC with the printer it is "shared" and under the port settings in says " USB virtual printer port for USB"

    Any help would be appreciated. This has been driving me crazy.

    Thanks.
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    are you using leopard? seeing as though your printer is connected to your pc it should be a little easier. try this:

    - open print & fax preferences and click the '+' button
    - click windows at the top
    - click your workgroup name i.e. "mshome" and then you PC's name
    - enter your name and password
    - click the printer's name
    - enter the name and location as anything
    - select your driver under "print using:"
     
  6. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    My problem is that there is not a work group name or a printer name in the box under the Window Tab.
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    open explorer on the pc by pressing winkey+E. then in the sidebar open My Network Places then Microsoft Windows Network. the workgroup name should be listed there (if you dont know it already)

    then open system preferences -> network -> airport or ethernet etc -> advanced -> WINS then check if your network is listed under workgroup. if its not type it in.

    i still dont know if your using Leopard or Tiger yet!
     
  8. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    Sorry - i am using Leopard. I'll give that a try but if i remember correctly i don't think it will allow me to type any of that info under this:

    open print & fax preferences and click the '+' button
    - click windows at the top
    - click your workgroup name i.e. "mshome" and then you PC's name
    - enter your name and password
    - click the printer's name
    - enter the name and location as anything
    - select your driver under "print using:"

    I think that area is shaded out. I'll give it a try tonight.

    Thanks again
     
  9. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to be so slow to catch on. I am using leopard. To review I have a lexmark connected to a PC which the PC is connected to a router via USB. Three other PC's are connected to the same network wireless and are able to print to this printer. My Macbook pro via airport can't.

    If I do this
    open print & fax preferences and click the '+' button
    - click windows at the top
    - click your workgroup name i.e. "mshome" and then you PC's name
    - enter your name and password
    - click the printer's name
    - enter the name and location as anything
    - select your driver under "print using:"

    I get grayed out boxes.

    If I do this
    then open system preferences -> network -> airport or ethernet etc -> advanced -> WINS then check if your network is listed under workgroup. if its not type it in.

    I enter the router name in the NET BIOS BOX
    The computer name in the WORK GROUP BOX
    and the PC's IP address

    I get an error message saying "INVALID IP ADDRESS".

    What next?
     
  10. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you dont have to type in the IP address in WINS just the workgroup name.

    try this if you cant work out the add printer window.

     
  11. techmomonkey macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help

    wow man, I don't know where you got the quote for printing through a windows pc, but I would have never figured all that stuff out! Thanks so much for you help! :cool:
     
  12. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    its all good man. i got it from the brokenstones mac forum, i didnt write it! haha :)

    this is what i use. the instructions could be compacted down a bit its not that hard but the most important thing to make this work is opening the firewall ports & adding the print services for unix on the PC and typing the terminal commands on the mac.
     
  13. techmomonkey macrumors newbie

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    brokenbones? i'll have to google that. :p

    i would have never figured out how to do this if it weren't for macrumors.com! i'm a new pc to mac convert! i love my mac, so useful but simple!!

    unfortunately, i think i'm going to have to load XP onto here so i can do some stuff for work... sucks lol. deff not doing VISTA aka devil spawn!!!
     
  14. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try. I currently have 3 other Windows PC's printing to this same printer by wireless. Making these changes won't affect them??
    Also what happened to the Mac's plug and play ability.
     
  15. Jetmart macrumors newbie

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    Didn't Work. Everything went as you described. Printer shows up when I go to print but it does not print. In he print job window it shows the "printer ready" but the status of the job is stopped.

    Any ideas?
     

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