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Epson EPL-N2550 Laser Printer

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LownoteNB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 30, 2012 9:26 AM

Has anyone been able get this (excellent!) printer to print in network mode with Mountain Lion?  Epson Online Chat says the drivers haven't been updated, but the drivers that they have available on line say they aren't updated for Lion and have been working fine on my iMac with Lion over an ethernet network.  This is my main work horse printer and I don't want to go to Mountain Lion if the printer won't work.  Thanks.

iMac (27-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion
  • Matt Broughton Level 5 Level 5 (4,905 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:49 PM (in response to LownoteNB)

    I don't have this printer, so I can't say for sure that it will work.  However, the specifications say that this is a PostScript printer, so you should be able to at least use the Generic Postscript driver that comes with OS X.  Most, but not all of the time, drivers that work in Lion will work in Mountain Lion.

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    Jul 31, 2012 3:01 PM (in response to LownoteNB)

    I've finished the Mountain Lion installation on my laptop and both the Epson EPL-N2550 laser printer and the PX720WD inkjet printer work fine, and both are connected via networking.  I don't understand why Epson is saying the Laser Printer won't work under Mountain Lion.

  • Matt Broughton Level 5 Level 5 (4,905 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to Lownote)

    I don't think that Epson said that according to your first post.  They just indicated that they had not been updated.  There are some semantics involved in what appears on a manufacturer's web page or what a customer service rep says.

     

    For example:

    Where the web site indicates the drivers are for OS X 10.6 or 10.7.  That means that is the last system that they have tested the drivers with.  They may or may not work in later systems.

     

    In addition, most printer dirvers for Mountain Lion will be sandboxed.  I don't know if this is an "official requirement" or not.  A manufacturer may decide that they are not going to rewrite their drivers to sandbox them. That doesn't mean they will not work in Mountain Lion.

     

    It can take a lot of time, effort, and resources to test a driver with a new operating system.  Without such testing, the manufacturer probably can't claim that are supported under OS X 10.8.

  • Matt Broughton Level 5 Level 5 (4,905 points)
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    Aug 1, 2012 6:47 PM (in response to LownoteNB)

    Despite what Epson says, your printer is listed as being able to use PCL 6 and PostScript as printer languages.  Both of those printer languages are quite common and there are always generic drivers available.  You should be able to use your printer for many more years.  You may not always get the exact same options in a print window, but you should be able to get decent output.  There are users that still use some of Apple's and HP's old PostScript printers from the mid-1990s.  Basically, as long as you can set an IP address for the printer and the communications protocol is supported, you should be able to use your printer.

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