USB printer sharing between OSX and XP

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by iJon, Oct 23, 2002.

  1. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    I currently have a Dual Ghz Mirrored Door PowerMac and a intel machine on a dsl network. Does anyone know if there is anyway i can share an epson usb printer through my network. It doesnt matter if i need to purchase any software or not. Just curious if anybody has any ideas. I am running windows xp and 10.2.2 on my powermac. i have a epson 785 epx.

  2. shadowfax0 macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2002
    I'm not familiar with your printer, but I guess it's an inkjet, right? I have a big laserjet I just got, and I can assign it an IP address; I have it on my network and my Mac downstairs and he XP PC upstairs can both print to it jsut fine, it's really a nice setup. If your computers are on a network, my guess is that you can do it. You can turn on Printer sharing on your Mac and there is a way to do this on your PC as well, which you might have to do so your Mac can connect to your PC; PCs really have problems with connecting to anything but themselves unfortunately. My only worry is that the USB printer sharing might be a pain, are you going to use a hub or anythign like that? Tell me what you want to do more exactly, and I'll see if I can lend a hand!
  3. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Does it have a USB and Parallel port? If the 2 computers are near each other, you can plug the PC into the Parallel, the Mac into the USB. If you have both on DSL, do you have a router? Some routers have printer ports, but for some reason they can't be networked through the Mac.

    If you want to go wireless, there are a couple of ways you could do that, but sometimes it's cheaper to just buy another printer. I know Epson has add-ons to make some of their printers networkable (wired and wireless), but for the same price you could buy yourself 2 or 3 C82 InkJets.

    There is a way to network a USB printer between Macs, I'm not sure how to do it with a Mac and a PC (if it's even possible). Normally, I'd try or Apple's Knowledgebase, but I don't remember seeing it anywhere.

    What kind of setup do you have? What kind of setup are you looking for? I think we can help you more if we had some more info.
  4. iJon thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    Thanks, everythign you told me i pretty much figured. it is a usb printer and i knew about the parallel and usb thing. I didnt think it would be possible. just curious though. i know epson makes those devices for usb printers to become ethernet but i dont think they make one for my printer. I will just end up getting a long usb cable for both computers,lol. thanks for your help anyways.

  5. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Is it connected to the mac or the PC? Through what type of connection? It might be possible if it is hooked up to your Mac, but I doubt it is possible if you hook it up to your PC.
  6. vincentmeanie macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2002
    Once attached to the PC or the mac, you should be able to share the printer on the network, from there the other comptuer just needs to access the printer as a share on the other computer.

    you can do this easily and free, if you already have a network setup
  7. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    On our home network, we bought this cool little adapter, it converts the parallel connector on the printer to a LAN port, assign it an IP and there you go, universal to just about any printer.
  8. TypeR389 macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Sure you can, since you are in OSX there are a couple of ways to do this. Here is a link to one of them that uses no additial Microsoft software, and will work with XP Home

    and here is one that uses a built in Unix printer sharing service, but I belive that it is only included with XP Pro...

    Good luck!
  9. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    there are a few small apps and stuff on versiontracker that let you print share between OS X and XP.

    good luck! :D
  10. shadowfax0 macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2002
    Go to, they just had a TON of hints regarding this!

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