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I have a Hewlett Packard Laserwriter 6MP, a G3 Mac (ethernet ready), a bunch of UTP ethernet cables, and a hub. What are my options for hooking the HP 6MP up to the ethernet (apart from the laserwriter bridge solution)??

thanks!
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by:jkjung
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You need to add an Ethernet JetDirect card.  Afterwords, you can connect everything up to the hub.

You can use the LaserWriter 8 software to print or HP's driver.

I hope this helps.

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jkjung thanks, but that is only one option (the obvious one, but nonetheless, one I didn't mention--I should have!).

what I need to know is whether or not there are any other options for networking this printer via ethernet on a Mac LAN.
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Well, you can try LocalTalking it to a Mac server.  Then, use LaserWriter LocalTalk Bridge to share it over Ethernet.

Why do you want to do that?  First, it is more complicated.  Second, it may cause more problems than you want to take on.  Other than that, there are no other options, without using an NT Server.

I hope this helps.

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jkjung thanks for your latest comment.

The 'bridge' option is one I mentioned in the original question.

I'd prefer to leave this open in case somebody else knows of any other options.

Such options might include mac-compatible equipment that is the equivalent of what 'zero one' produces for wintel.

cheers
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I've got a LaserJet 6MP myself.  It has two data input ports -- a serial line (which you can hook up directly to your Mac) and a parallel port (which Macs don't understand).


If you did the serial port route, you'd need to run software on your Mac to share that with the rest of the network (I don't know whether or not if this is the "bridge" you're talking about).


If you wanted to go the parallel port route, you'd have to get some sort of Ethernet print server, such as the HP JetDirect EX Plus (which I have) or the HP JetDirect EX Plus 300 (which can handle up to three printers).

With the HP JetDirect, you can feed data over the enhanced parallel port at much higher speeds than you can over the serial port.  Also, this would mean that the printer is shared over the network automatically.


I have no idea what this "zero one" stuff is that you're talking about, but these are the only two options I know of for networking an HP LaserJet 6MP.

If it was another model, it might be able to handle an internal JetDirect card, but then you would have paid a lot more for the printer if it had that capability (probably at least 50% more).


Sorry guy, I hate to be the bringer of bad news.
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I think I know what you want now...You want a print server of some sort to handle numerous print jobs in a queue, and you don't want to buy an NT Server, right?  A JetDirect card may have the abilities to hook your printer up to the Ethernet world, but it will not handle print jobs.  The printer will still handle no more than it could before.

Check out:
  <http://www.lantronix.com/htmfiles/prodinfo/category/epscat.ltx>

They sell Mac-compatible print servers, like Zero One Technology does.  They have various ones, but there is a chart on the page for the features of each.

If this is satisfactory for you, please let me know, and I will post this as my answer.

I hope this helps.

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Comment to bknowles:
  Actually, Macs can understand the parallel port by using PowerPrint.

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Comment to jkjung:

The PowerPrint understands parallel ports, not the Mac.  As far as the Mac is concerned, it's still a serial port, and that will seriously limit the throughput speed of the parallel port (at least, as compared to enhanced parallel ports).
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bknowles thanks for your clear summary of the situation.

The information I was seeking was, however, provided by jkjung in that he/she provided at least one alternative to the conventional solutions.

In fairness to everybody, I should apologise for not being detailed enough in my question. Thanks to all who provided answers of sorts.

How do I accept jkjung's latest answer?
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Refer to my comment on 9/6/98 at 8:46a.m....(This is a snipet...)

Check out this address for a Mac-compatible print server:
  <http://www.lantronix.com/htmfiles/prodinfo/category/epscat.ltx>

I hope this helps.

--MikroData (jkjung)
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thanks jkjung.

do you know of any other 3rd party products besides Lantronics?
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Try:
  <http://www.shopper.com/idx/PRINTERS___PLOTTERS/PRINT_SERVERS___PRINTER_NETWORK_INTERFACES/GENERAL/>

It has MANY Mac-compatible print servers listed.

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thanks jkjung.
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