2 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2009 2:05 PM by kmac1036
Eric Berg Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
A family member just got a new MacBook, but I have to help them set up printing remotely. Their printer is attached to an iMac, and Airport is active. They use Bonjour for PC laptops, but do they also need Bonjour for the MacBook or is it built in? Either way, how should I tell them to set up to print from the MacBook.

iMac7,1, 20", 2.4 Ghz Intel Core Duo,, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 8GB iPod Touch
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,465 points)
    At my house, I have an HP 1300 series printer connected to my iBook. The family Mac mini & my MacBook can print to it wirelessly. If printer sharing is turned on for the iMac, you should be able to add the printer without difficulty.

    We're not using Bonjour to share the printer. I opened up *System Preferences* chose *Print and Fax* then clicked the plus sign to add a printer. It showed up under the "default" pane. If you don't see it, refresh the list. If that doesn't work for you, could you post the manufacturer name & model of the printer you're using?

    ~Lyssa
  • kmac1036 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    how is your network setup overall? is there a wireless router or wired connection to the iMac?

    ideally, what you would do is set up the printer on the iMac, like lyssa was saying - add the printer to the system & turn on sharing - to make it available to the rest of the network. You must have all the machines on the same network or subnet, such as a wireless network or wired hub/router.

    BUT the drivers for that particular printer have to be installed on the other machine as well. Printer sharing also has to be turned on so it finds the iMac with the printer. The iMac will have to be on in order to find & use the printer.