4519 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2011 12:31 PM by KeaTX
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2011 1:11 PM (in response to KeaTX)Hello and welcome to Apple Discussions.
With the Canon MF4250d connected via USB to the D-Link print server you won't be able to print from 10.6. This is due to a limitation of Canon's UFR2 driver for OS X.
The D420 will have the same issue if it uses the UFR2 driver for OS X.
The only chance you may have with the D420 is if it supports the PCL printer language. The MF series only supports the proprietary UFR2 language so you have no option for the MF4250d. But if the D420 does also support PCL then you can select the Generic PCL Laser Printer driver in the Print Using menu for when the printer is connected to the print server.
With regards to the duplex function, you cannot use the Layout tab. You have to use the Finishing tab to select 2-sided printing.MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacPro 2x3GHz Quad-Core, iMac i7 27", Xserve G5, iPhone 4, iPad
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2011 10:35 PM (in response to PAHU)Thanks Pahu for your response. I tried the generic driver for the D420. For the 1st test, it took about a half hour to spool a 2 page .pdf file and then the printer status disappeared without any error messages, but it didn't print.
I tried again with a one page file and it spooled in just a few seconds, but still did not print. No error messages again.
Any other suggestions?
KeaMacBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2011 2:10 AM (in response to KeaTX)Well this result would suggest that the D420 does not support PCL. So I believe there is not much that you can do with the products you currently have. Over the years I've never had any success getting the UFR2 driver to work with any print server. And the latest versions for 10.6 don't work with Mac to Mac sharing either.MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacPro 2x3GHz Quad-Core, iMac i7 27", Xserve G5, iPhone 4, iPad
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2011 8:29 AM (in response to PAHU)I was also looking at getting another print server (for another location), but I'm finding that fewer places are selling them now. I can find USB servers that would allow connections to any type of USB device. Someone suggested a bridge - but I'm not familiar with that.
Do you have any recommendations of something that might work? I already have the D420 & computers. I can print with USB so the printer is not useless. But since this will be in a new location, I am open to suggestions of ways to print to it wirelessly.
ThanksMacBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2011 12:49 PM (in response to KeaTX)To confirm my previous posting, I found an old NetComm NP3680 USB print server. With it connected via USB to my MF4380dn I created a new print queue using the UFR2 v2.21 driver. The NP3680 provides several options for the connection, Bonjour, LPD and HP Jetdirect. However creating a print queue with any of these protocols did not allow a document to print. The print queue would pause and inspection of the cups error log showed backend (transport) errors.
So your only hope with getting the D420 to connect via wireless is if the D420 has an Ethernet port. The Ethernet of the D420 can connect to the Ethernet port of the wireless print server or router. The UFR2 driver will work for this type of connection.
If the D420 does not have an Ethernet port then I don't believe you will be able to print via wireless from the Mac's.MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacPro 2x3GHz Quad-Core, iMac i7 27", Xserve G5, iPhone 4, iPad
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to KeaTX)You mentioned earlier about not being able to use Mac to Mac print sharing. I've never done any printer sharing with any of my computers.
The Windows computers can print wirelessly to the D420 using the D-Link server. Could I print wirelessly from the Mac through one of the PCs? If so, how would I set that up? I've not ever done a wireless network between any of our computers. I will have a choice of PCs - one Win 7 (64bit), one Vista & one XP. If it's possible, which one is easiest to set up?
Thanks again.MacBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2011 11:01 PM (in response to KeaTX)
Could I print wirelessly from the Mac through one of the PCs?
Some users have had success with connecting their Canon laser to their Windows XP computer and enabling the Unix print services. So you could try enabling the service using the following information.
With this service running you can then share the printer on Windows, keeping the share name to one word such as D420. If you right click on the printer in Printers and Faxes you will see a Sharing menu. The same menu is available via the printers Properties pane.
With the printer connected to Windows and shared you can then add the printer queue on the Mac using IP > LPD for the protocol. You then enter the IP address of the Windows XP computer in the Address section and the share name set in Windows for the Queue Name. The last key step is to select the UFR2 driver in the Print Using menu.
Please note that the process above is not always successful with the UFR2 driver on the Mac. But it is about the only option you have to get this working on a network.MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacPro 2x3GHz Quad-Core, iMac i7 27", Xserve G5, iPhone 4, iPad
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2011 11:49 AM (in response to PAHU)Thanks. I'll try this later today. I've dealt with routers & print servers but not much with networks.
I'll see what I can figure out. I also haven't done anything with UNIX.
Message was edited by: KeaTXMacBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2011 2:22 PM (in response to KeaTX)i can't get my mx860 to connect "wirelessly". been trying for over an hour. always same problem. the setup utility defaults to "wired" and no matter what i do it won't let me change to wireless in the "utility" dialog of the printer. how do i "uncheck" the "wired" check box in the network setup utility on the printer?macboo pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), have downlaoded and installed latest version of the IJ canon newtowrk utility.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2011 3:30 PM (in response to wildhorses)You should be able to change the network connection via the machines control panel. Not sure if your MX860 has the same menus as my MP990 so there could some minor difference in the following instruction.
Press the Home button to see all menu items
Change the menu to Settings (the pliers and screwdriver icon) and press OK
Scroll to Device Settings and press OK
Scroll to LAN Settings and press OK
Scroll to Change wireless/wired and press OK
Scroll to Wireless LAN active and press OK
Press the Home button to exit and turn the power off to the MX
Turn the power back on. The device should be connected to your wireless network (assuming it was already configured to do so).
Now you can add the network print queue.
Open Print & Fax and click + to add
Select the Default view and wait. The MX860 will appear quickly as a scanner and if you wait longer it will also appear as a printer (showing canonijnetwork). Select this entry and press Add to complete.MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacPro 2x3GHz Quad-Core, iMac i7 27", Xserve G5, iPhone 4, iPad
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to PAHU)Well, I might be at a dead-end for now. The XP computer here doesn't have a wireless card. So I tried using those instructions on my Vista laptop. I found a link to a Vista setup on the page you linked to. I clicked the checkbox that they referenced, but then that stopped responding. So I'm not sure if it took the change, but the box is now checked. And I also got kinda lost during some of the set-up steps.
I'll be in a different location in a couple of months (which is where the printer is going). That's where the wireless XP is. I'll try again there.
At least the USB works & wireless works from the other computers. So, I can print to it one way or another!
ThanksMacBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)