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Netware login needed for printing from a Mac?

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We want to connect a Powermac (only for printing) to our PC Novell network running IPX,TCP/IP. The printer used is a Lexmark 1200dpi Laser, is equipped with netcard and AFAIK can be configured with a Mac address.
Is it possible to bypass Novell for printing and how do I setup the Mac?
( I don't want to use an account on my Novell server for it)
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by:m&p
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Does your printer have PostScript support?
Does netcard support AppleTalk?
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by:scottr
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You will have to go through the Novell stuff unless the NIC card in the printer offers multi-protocol support.  Most cards offer multi but only one at a time.  The HP Jet Direct card offers multi all at the same time.  Check the setup sheet that prints from the printer to see if multi protocols are enabled at the same time or check the user manual.
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by:henrie
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m&p: Yes it supports PS2 and PCL
scottr: I'll look into it tomorrow and get back to you.

Thanks for responding,
Henrie.

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by:henrie
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Thanks guys, you both got me on the right track.
The netadapter supports multi-protocols and it supports Appletalk. There is an existing coax cable between two powerMacs and a Color printer (all connected with appletalk converters or something...).
Should I connect this to the existing Netware coax?
Can the NIC in the NW server get in trouble with Appletalk?

I would like to have the next response as an answer so I can give you the points!

Thanks again,
Henrie.

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by:henrie
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BTW. scottr, the Netadapter is multi-protocol at the same time...

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To answer your question, yes.  Connect the coax cable to the rest of your LAN, provided that you follow the rules of connecting coax(Terminators at either end and T's in the middle, and the cable isn't longer then 606').  All protocol, IPX, IP, and Appletalk can run over the same wire.  It is up to the end device where it will listen or respond to it.  If you simply connect the printer to the existing LAN it should simply show up in the chooser as a printer.  You may have to select a name and a zone for the printer if your Appletalk is divided that way.
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by:henrie
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Thanks for responding so quickly, I will let you know about the zone config tomorrow.
BTW. On the Netconfig sheet of the printer it says a name but an asterix at zone.

One problem here...
There are 11 of these printers on our net!! (all the same type)
Am I in trouble now?

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by:scottr
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No.  If you don't have a namer program then you will have a bunch of printers called printer, printer1, printer2, etc.  Printer being the name it comes up as.

An * for the zone name most likely means that you do not have separate zones on your network.  This is easily found out by going to the chooser, on the left side where you click on services, if you do not see zones on the bottom and services on the top then you have only one zone and it is not named.
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by:henrie
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Thanks,
Looks like this is gonna be one of the happy days!

CU,
Henrie.

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