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Sharing Printers on a PC/Mac Network

By jason.b.phillips ·
I have a client with 4 Macs and 3 Win98 PCs, currently not networked. One PC has a local printer, and one Mac has a local printer. Neither of the printers are network-capable.

I am installing a network for the client but don't know how I can allow the PCs to use the printer connected to the Mac, and the Macs to use the printer connected to the PC.

If anyone has successfully implemented this configuration, how did you do it?

Thanks,

Jason

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by mphoffar In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

What would probobly be easiest and least configurable would be to buy a print server with a parallel connection and network them in. WE had one made by HP that had two parallel ports on it and allow you to configure two different IPs on them for different printers. The names were already hard configured on the system. I wan to say this thing wasn't much more then 100 dollars.

Although it's buying extra equipment, it'll probobly save you a lot of headaches.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by jason.b.phillips In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

I have investigated that solution, but I'm not sure whether the PCs will be able to print to the Mac printer via the print server or whether the Macs will be able to print to the PC printer via the print server.

I think the major issue is the TCP/IP (PC) and AppleTalk (Mac) protocols integrating in that configuration...

I'm still stumped.

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by rsears In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

There are many things you can do? they might not work as good as you would like But, what I would so is make one machine an NT server and install services for Macintosh on it. Then I would get a print server (HP) and configure it to reside on the NTserver. Then, hopefully your printers have the drivers for both Mac and Windows clients, if not there are a lot of good quality inexpensive printers (HP) on the market that do. I know you will have to purchase some hardware and a copy of NT, if you don?t have one, to implement this solution but in the long run you will have many more options available to you for administering the network and its resources. I hope this helps you.

Services for Macintosh

Your IBM PC-compatible and Apple Macintosh computers can share the same files and printers on your network. After installing Services for Macintosh on a Windows NT Server computer, you can use the MacFile option in Control Panel or the MacFile menu in Server Manager to configure the Services for Macintosh server. You can also use the MacFile menu in File Manager or Server Manager to configure Macintosh-accessible volumes.

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by jason.b.phillips In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Yep - this is a plausable solution, but in this particular case all the PCs are notebooks and purchasing another machine as a dedicated NT server may not be acceptable to the client.

Any other solutions?

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by Brian Lusk In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Are there any local PCs? Try PC MacLan for Windows 9x. Its available from Miramar Systems at www.miramarsys.com. This was intended for a local fixed machine, but I see no reason it couldn't work for a laptop.

Brian Lusk

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by jason.b.phillips In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

I had looked at this solution, but with a non-Postscript local printer attached to one of the PCs, more third-party software was required.

See: http://www.miramarsys.com/products/pcm72print.htm

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by fierygod In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Take a look at DAVE software from Thursby Systems

( http://www.thursby.com/products/dave.htm )
I have not used it myself, but I have customers who have, and they like it. It looks to be able to handle your situation.

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by jason.b.phillips In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Thanks, but I don't think that Dave will allow the PCs to access the Mac printer - as I understand, Dave is a Mac-only solution. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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by Nate from RI In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Have you considered purchasing HP External Jet Direct print servers? They will hook up to the parallel port on the printers and provide network print services. Depending on the model you buy they will support Appletalk, IP and IPX. They run about$250 each and you will need one for each printer. This is a good starting point to look at their various products: http://www.hp.com/net_printing/ppss/index.html

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by jason.b.phillips In reply to Sharing Printers on a PC/ ...

Hey!

Thanks. I've checked the HP site and it looks like the answer.

Jason

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