Sharing a Printer

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

    ohla313

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    I have an HP Photosmart printer (the one Apple gave with the rebates last year) and would like to share it on my network. I have a MBA and a MBP and the printer is connected to the MBP via USB. How would I use printer sharing to enable the MBA to print wirelessly to the printer?
     
  2. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

    snorkelman

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    from memory

    On the MBP
    go to preferences, Sharing
    in Sharing go to Printer Sharing and tick it
    Make sure the HP printer in Printer sharing is for 'everyone can print'
    apply

    On the MBA

    go to Preferences, Print and Scan
    in Print and Scan use the plus sign to 'add a nearby printer'
    select the HP (it should be showing up as a nearby printer)
    expect a minute or two delay while you sit watching an obtaining software dialog
    if all goes well you should now have a share
     
  3. benhollberg macrumors 68020

    benhollberg

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    Not sure if your network is wireless or wired only but it is a lot easier if you have a wireless network then just connect the printer directly to the router via USB. That way you can also print and keep the ability to not have the printer connected to a computer all the time.
     
  4. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ohla313

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    Perfect! Just set it up now and worked flawlessly. Thank you!

    It's wireless and there is a USB port but the hassling I went through to try maintaining it is not worth it.
     
  5. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

    snorkelman

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    :) you're welcome
     

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