10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2007 6:53 PM by Pat2483
patricksgolden Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
I have a MacBook connected to an Epson printer. Our Internet connection is through a Linksys WRT54G router.

My son just got a MacBook Pro. Both machines are running Leopard.

Can he print wirelessly from the MB Pro through my MacBook connected to the printer? I've got print sharing turned on in both machines, but I can't find any other documentation that tells me how to do this. I've searched and can't find my set up listed there - I see lots of Window to Mac, print servers, Airport Extreme questions. It's so simple, however, that I must have missed it - so forgive me if this has been answered before.

Patrick

MacBook Intel, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    I had similar situation. g5 desktop and macbook, and router. Went to the apple store and asked how to print wireless. I was told to purchase airport express. Plugged the printer into the airport express now i can print wirelessly.
  • SRMiller Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Sure. You are sharing a printer not wireless printing via the router or Airport they wanted you to buy. My daughter does it with her MacBook. I have a Canon printer hooked via usb to my wife's iMac. Both connect to the network/internet via wi-fi (Airport but that should not matter).

    Select System Preferences > Sharing >Printer Sharing (check the box) on the mac hooked to the printer.

    Next go to Security > Firewall > Select Access for Specific Services. Printer Sharing should be listed in the box below. You could also select Allow All Incoming Connections but I would not since that is basically Firewall Off as I understand it.

    Now you will need to install or add the printer to the other Mac. Remember that the mac hooked to the printer needs to be on and not asleep for this to work.

    I do not believe your wi-fi router will work as a printer server. The Airport does that so the other usb printer (also a Canon) is hooked to the Airport so anyone on the network can use it whether any of the other macs are awake.
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    SRMiller:
    If i understand you correctly, you are saying that one can print wireless without airport? I was not aware of that. I will have to try that at my friends house.

    In my situation, i also wanted a secure wireless connection, and airport does give me that. with my printer plugged into airport, my desktop does not need to be awake while printing from my laptop (a feature that i like)
  • SRMiller Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Yes. One version is Printer Sharing where the printer is hooked directly to a Mac that shares it. The other is network printing where the printer is hooked to an Airport or print server. Both ways will let you print wirelessly. I do both here. As you state the network printing via Airport gives you the ability to print even if all the other macs are asleep.
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    SRMiller:

    Thank you so much for sharing the information. This will help my friend in her business. She just bought a macbook pro and imac to add to her home office with her G4.
  • patricksgolden Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    OK,I've tried all of that - print sharing on the mac connected to the printer. Firewall settings allowed on both for printing. But I still get the following message in the print utility window when I try to print something:

    /System/Library/Printers/Libraries/PrintJobMgr/Contents/MacOS/PrintJobMgr failed

    Any other advice?
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    Patricksgolden:

    Maybe you need to add printer sharing on the computer you wish to print from?
  • patricksgolden Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I've tried it with it on and off and it doesn't seem to make a difference.
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    Patricksgolden:

    I forgot to add: when i set my laptop up to print i had to first plug the printer into the laptop to add it as a printer, then i could print wirless
  • Pat2483 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Patricksgolden:

    I have this same setup with a G5 connected to a home network and a linksys wireless router that I connect a new MacBook Pro and my daughter connects a dell laptop. I have two printers connected to the G5 which runs Tiger. I turned on print sharing as indicated by apple documentation. This did not work. I reviewed all the postings on printing using leopard and found the following posting very helpful.

    OS X 10.5 client and NON-OS X CUPS server: adding printers, solved.

    What I did was update the local CUPS configuration file by going to http://localhost:631/ and editing the configuration file based on the above posting. Then I rebooted by Mac. The printers then appeared in the systems preferences default option. However they still did not work.

    Finally I added them manually using the IP option and the LPD selection with the G5 IP address. Make sure you put in the print queue name. The only other change I needed to make was to use the Generic Postscript driver instead of the Epson driver(RX500). It then started to print. Using the Epson driver sent it to the printer however it completed without printing.

    I hope this helps. I know it is not the step by step instructions, however if you look at the above thread there is more detail.