Windows network with linksys WRT54G and Macbook PRO

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bhorwitz, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. bhorwitz macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    Hi everyone. I have a macbook pro core 2 duo 15.4'' 2.33ghz. I also have a windows desktop pc, connected directly to the internet through a linksys WRT54G router (ethernet port), and I connect to the internet with MBP Airport. My PC has a HP Deskjet 970cxi USB printer connected directly to it. The question is: how can i wirelessly send a document to the printer connected to my windows desktop PC??? any ideas???
  2. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    you are amazing for even being able to get the WRT54G to work with a mac! All praises!

    Anyway, set up a new network in Windoze, then click the "file and printer sharing" checkbox when it comes along.
  3. bhorwitz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    i did that but I can't "see" the printer!
  4. mike5732 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2006
    First of all make sure you can see your windows computer from your mac. If you have printer sharing turned on it probably has file sharing enabled as well.

    Go to Applications -> Utilities -> Printer Setup Utility. Then go to the Printers menu and click "Add Printer". Click "More Printers" button at the bottom. Select "Windows Printing" from the menu. Then select the workgroup of your windows computer in the list below that. You should then see the hostname of your windows computer. Click on it and hit "Choose". Enter your username/password. Then hopefully you will see your printer in the list that comes up.

    Now you will always have that printer as a choice when you print stuff from any program.

    good luck

    BTW, are you seriously having no problems with your WRT54G? Mine likes to annoy me on a daily basis :(:
  5. bhorwitz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    the ehing is I can't see my windows computer from my mac. Why is that!!? someone help please. I really do not have problems with the mentioned router.
  6. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    Yeah seriously nice job. I couldn't do it.
  7. mike5732 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2006
    First off, try to ping your windows computer from the terminal. Type "ping " then whatever your windows computer's ip address is. It is probably something like . If you don't know how to find the ip address of the windows computer, go to a command prompt and type in "ipconfig".

    This test will make sure the computers are on the same network and there are no firewall issues.

    And ChickenSwartz, my WRT53G (no idea which revision) only fails to send my macbook DHCP info. So try hardcoding an IP on its network and see if you have any luck. That is if you can connect to it anyways.....
  8. hanschien macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Houston, TX
  9. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I don't know what I was using. It worked for a day then quit. I tried talking to Linksys but they insisted that it was my computer. I sold that POS and bought a D-Link, it works.
  10. The Stig macrumors 6502a

    The Stig

    Nov 4, 2006
    On the track

    I have the same router with my C2D Macbook and it works great. I never had a problem at all and it is a couple of years old and I have not did a firmware update or anything. My windows PC is ethernet and my MB is through airport. I'm using PPPoE with only the default settings other than I'm on channel 6 (because I find it doesn't in cause as much problems with my cordless phone) and I'm filtering by Mac address. Never had a problem at all. Of course that is surprising because I always have problems with linksys but normally only at install.

    The Stig
  11. Kendall015 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2006
    It took me forever to get mine working...I had to search the internet for older firmware to allow the WRT54G to assign IP addresses to Macs using DHCP. What a POS!
  12. Selenolycus macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2006
    Northern Hemisphere
    What? I have three WRT54G routers at my house, never had a problem connecting with my MacBook or iBook. Given, the primary one runs DD-WRT, the one next to it runs FON's OpenWrt variant, and the one in the livingroom has its DHCP-server disabled.

    All of them, though, are version 2-3s, and cost me $20 or less a piece from thrift stores. ^_^
  13. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  14. bhorwitz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    anyone could just explain to me step by step what to do in order to get to see mi windows pc on my mac?? i really never had any problems connecting to my linksys router.... seriously.
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If no one's gotten to this in a day or so I'll jump back.. Unfortunately I can't help as I'm in my college dorm room, and my windows computer w/ a printer is over a train ride away..

    Just out of curiosity, is the printer you're trying to use mac compatible?
  16. bhorwitz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    yes, it is compatible! thanks. I still can't get it to work. ANy guess?? i can't even share files!
  17. bhorwitz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
  18. bastetbabe27 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    Okay, I had this same problem, and solved it, maybe I can help....

    I use the same router you do, and I managed to fix my problems, which sound similar to yours.

    First, you can connect to the internet wirelessly on your MBP, right?

    Second, can you share files between your Mac and your PC?

    If not, try this link for help:

    Make sure you can access files from your MBP to your PC, and vice versa, and that you're sharing the printer (on the PC). If not, you'll need to set up a network on your PC so the PC can 'see' the MBP, and the MBP knows what server to connect to. Make sure you're in the same workgroup, and that you know the name and password of the user account on the PC that you want to connect to.

    If running the network setup wizard on the PC doesn't enable your PC to 'see' your MBP, you may have firewall issues, or there may be an error in the IP settings on the PC. (Experts jump in here if they know what I'm talking about. Something called Winsock, and resetting it?)

    After I managed to get my PC and my MBP to share files both ways, I had the issue of the MBP not being able to 'see' the printer attached to the PC. (even though the printer was being shared). This was solved by sharing all of the documents and settings in the 'Main' folder in My Documents. As to why this worked, I have no idea, but after I did that, the MBP could see that there was a printer attached to the PC when I ran the Printer Setup utility.

    To run connect to a printer attached to a PC, look here for help:

    I hope this helps! It took several hours of frustration and tweaking to get this to work, so hang in there!
  19. mac-a-geetar macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2007
    Router Problems

    I just recently bought a Linksys WRT54G router. Any pointers on how to make it work with a Macbook Pro?

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