8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2014 6:29 AM by Fritz Lang1
Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

I am trying to share my Canon MF with my old Xeon running SL from my MBA/Lion.

Previously, I shared the same printer from the Xeon to my spouses XP.


I tried to put the printer on the 1st gen AE to make it a network shared printer.

 

I extended the USB with a hub, a little ugly, to the AE 1st gen and plugged the Canon MF in. (less than 16')

Now no joy from either computer, though both "see" the printer.


I dl'd Apple Canon printer drivers even though this MF isn't on the "supported" list.

I had previously been on the Canon drivers from their website, dated 2013.

If I go back to wired directly to the MBA/Lion, prints NP, with the "Apple" drivers.

If I go back to wired directly to the Xeon/SL, prints NP, with the "Apple" drivers.


Perhaps the hub in the middle just isn't enough even though the printer is "seen".


And if I try to share back from the Xeon to the MBA (MF connected to the MBA), no go there either.

 

Do Lion and SL not share?

I can see either Mac on the network from the other.



MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    PAHU Level 6 Level 6 (14,510 points)

    Your issue is due to limitations with the Canon UFR2 driver. The latest versions of this driver do not work when the printer is connected to the USB port of a wireless router, including all Airport products. The driver also has issues when being shared from one Mac to another.

     

    So to print from the Xeon running SL you will have to have the MF connected to the MBA with Lion AND you will have to use the Generic Postscript driver on the Xeon to print via the shared printer on Lion (which can still use the UFR2 driver).

  • 2. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    Thanks for that info.

    If I update th Xeon to Lion, would I be able to use the printer with the AE USB port as a network printer?

     

    Sounds like youi're saying no.

     

    I wonder if Canon will update the driver........

  • 3. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    PAHU Level 6 Level 6 (14,510 points)

    Fritz Lang1 wrote:

     

    If I update th Xeon to Lion, would I be able to use the printer with the AE USB port as a network printer?

    No. The UFR2 driver has the same issue on all versions of OS X. If your model of MF had an Ethernet port, then you could connect this to the Ethernet post on the AE and print via wireless. But with only USB you are restricted by the UFR2 driver limitations. Note that the Windows version of the UFR2 driver does not have the same limitation. So I believe Canon could make the UFR2 driver for OS X work with the AE USB port if they wanted to.

  • 4. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    "So I believe Canon could make the UFR2 driver for OS X work with the AE USB port,

    if they wanted to."

     

    there's the key.

  • 5. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    would this IOGear print server work?

    http://amzn.to/14ZRnqS

    I would have to add a switch to the AE to add the printer server as I'm all filled up.

  • 6. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    PAHU Level 6 Level 6 (14,510 points)

    I have never tested this particular model but I doubt it would work. The UFR2 driver requires bidirectional communication and all the print servers I've tested have never supported bidirectional comms from their USB port.

  • 7. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    yup, did some further research.  No go.  ah well.

  • 8. Re: printer sharing with Xeon running SL
    Fritz Lang1 Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    this made it even better.  Thanks pahu

     

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4154521?start=0&tstart=0

     


    So you need to get your setup using the latest versions available for both. The first step is to remove the Canon ADV C50xx printers from your Print & Scan pane. Then you need to open Finder and navigate to HD > Library > Printers > Canon and trash the UFR2 folder. Then navigate to HD > Library > LaunchAgents and trash the file "jp.co.canon.UFR2.BG.plist".

     

    With that completed, you need to stop the UFR2 Backgrounder service and you do this via Activity Monitor. With the monitor open, scroll through UFR II Backgrounder and then press the Quit Process button and then press Force Quit when the next window appears and exit Activity Monitor.

     

    With this service stopped it would be ideal if you can empty the Trash before installing the v2.40 driver again.

     

    Now install the v2.40 driver and add your printer and then check the System Information screen again. It should show 2.40 in both sections where mine shows 2.41. If it does, then try to print and see if this stops the message from appearing.