2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2011 6:10 PM by Paulo1
Paulo1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have two macs on OS X 10.6.6. I have a really good but older Brother laser printer/scanner/fax. I would like to network the two macs to be able to print and scan over the network - but, the printer only has parallel port and usb slots. I tried a printer server (iogear GPSU21) only to discover that I can print, but not scan. iogear has one that does all-in-one with full functionality, including my Brother MFC-7220, but it is a PC only product. Talked to my mac store and they suggested purchasing a new printer/fax/scanner that has networking built in and said they didn't know of any products or work-arounds. We would like to keep using the old Brother, with out having to move cables between computers etc...any suggestions? Thanks so much in advance for your help and ideas...


MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Beavis2084 Level 4 (2,850 points)
    That's a tough one.

    I think you won't be able to access all the features from all the Macs given it's interfaces/limitations.

    However, if you attach the printer to a Mac, you can share the printer and scanner from OS X. I believe that is in System Preferences, Printers and Image Capture settings.

    Im not at my Mac at the moment, but have a look and see.

    I think that is the only solid solution for you.
  • Paulo1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi and thanks very much for the prompt reply. Wow. I have also looked in vain so far. Was hoping for a solution whereby I don't have to have both machines running all day (one is my wife's and one mine). If you run across any thing else in terms of peripherals or work arounds, I would appreciate it. Have a great day.