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I think this should be a relatively easy question if someone knows network details about the LaserWriter 300.

Refering to question <http://www.experts-exchange.com/comp/mac/networks/Q.8630028009> about PhoneNet, AppleTalk and a LaserWriter 300, I have the exact same problem: Using PhoneNet to network two Macs and a LW 300, File Sharing works, but the printer does not come up in the Chooser.

The answer given was basically summarized into - Since the file sharing works fine, plug the LW 300 into the Modem Port and share it.

I can confirm that this works, however, I need to have a modem occupy the modem port on both computers. The LW 300 *must* be connected via the network cable (PhoneNet in this  case).

Can this work?

Thank you,

-Neil
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that particular printer can ONLY work through serial NOT appletalk/phonenet cable. so to put it simply..."yer outta luck".
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Thanks weed. I guess I'm not totally out of luck though. I'll use a switch box between the modem and the printer, and tell them they have to use the desktop printer's print queue to delay any jobs sent to the printer while they are on the Internet.

Appreciate it! Thanks again.
-Neil
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whoa...if yer gonna switch between printer and modem be VERY careful of hotplugging your modem. by switching to the modem while its on its very likely youll blow it...ive done it and its a pain to fix....i actually had to strip mine and put a new fuse in and i was lucky to have a fuse at all....most dont.
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Zoinkers! Thanks for the tip. I hadn't thought of that. If the modem and printer are *never* in use at the same time, I can have them be sure and shut the modem off before throwing the a-b switch.

Thanks again,
-Neil
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