Jason Paige wrote:
Can you access a printer from a laptop through the modem through the master computer the the printer?
You should be able to. A printer that is connected to Windows and shared should be available to other Windows and Mac's to print to. There is the issue with Canon inkjets that you need to use the Gutenprint driver. Using the Mac driver can cause authentication errors which are misleading when the issue is actually the driver. So creating the Mac queue using the Gutenprint driver is one solution and the cheapest.
Windows 7 can be an issue for printer sharing to Mac and older versions of Windows. Can you tell us what OS the master PC is using.
What would be the least expensive way I could go about fixing this problem?
I think you should be able to get this working as you have it now. The IP addressing is most likely one cause so if you can provide all the IP addresses, subnet masks and gateway addresses of all computers then this will help with the problem solving.
An alternate to using the master PC would be to get a print server. This still requires you to use the Gutenprint driver on the Mac, unless you have an Airport Express, but since the MP610 is a supported model then using say a Belkiin or Netgear print server is no issue.
I have heard about people downloading Gutenprint; so i downloaded it, but couldn't get it to run.
I have tried many different ways, and after adding a new printer and finding it on the network.. is then says it is in the queue list.. but won't print. It just sits there until you cancel it.
If browsing to the shared printer does not work then you can manually create an SMB queue. Before doing this I would ensure you can ping the master PC from the Mac and Windows laptop. If there is a response to the ping then at least you know you have a path through the router.
You don't mention it but is the Thomson also the wireless access point for the laptops?
Jason Paige wrote:
On the master PC, I have named the Printer as NETWORK PRINTER (so it can easily be found). Network Printer is in the 3rd column as well as Printer, Printer 3 and Printer 5. What should I select in the drop down box on the Print using: ?
If you open the Print Using and click 'Select printer software' and then type MP610, you should see the "Canon PIXMA MP610 - Gutenprint v5.2.3". Select this - you don't want the "Canon MP610 series".
Do you still want IP addresses since I can view mshome?
No. Since you can see the shared printer then the IP addresses must be correct.