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Networking Mac 575 LCs to Laser Writer 300 and NT

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We have a school lab of 25 Mac 575 LC networked with Ethernet to a Apple Laser Writer 16/600 PS. I want to know if and how I can add two printers to the network: Laser Writer NT and Laser Writer 300. Nether of these can use ethernet but might be able to use Apple Talk. Any answers?
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Farallon makes a product to do exactly what you are looking for. It is called "EtherMac 10Base-T/2 LocalTalk Printer Adapter. It allows you to connect up to eight localtalk printers to a standard Ethernet 10BaseT network. You can get them probably any mail order warehouse, MacConnection has them for about $270 (item # 24462).
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by:femme_fatale
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I know this comment is a month late...hehe...
BUT,

You don't have to spend a dime.
You can use the Mac 575 LC's as print servers.  Basically, the Laserwriter 300 and the Laserwriter NT are serial printers (I believe),
and have to be connected to the back of the Macs. I printer per Mac (Two macs total). You then use Printer Share (software that came with the printer)
and set up each of the macs (the ones with printers attached to the serial bus) to 'Share This Printer' (basically to be a print server).
In the Chooser, select the Laserwriter 300 or NT, click Setup, Click 'Share This Printer'.  The macs w/ the printers then broadcast
to the network that they have printers available for other users.

I hope this suggestion works.

Femme
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by:jkjung
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Sorry, Printer Share does not work over Ethernet.

First, the LaserWriter IINT is a network printer (AppleTalk).  Thus, you can use Apple's free LaserWriter LocalTalk Bridge software.  It can be obtained from their FTP site.

Second, the LaserWriter 300 is a serial printer.  According to Apple, this printer cannot print over Ethernet without third-party _hardware_.  However, I am told by a technician friend that he has successfully networked (over Ethernet) a LW360 (also a serial printer) by using the LaserWriter LocalTalk Bridge AND the serial printer driver (which is RARE to find; not the same as the LaserWriter 8 driver).

Farallon has cheaper products that should fit your needs.  You can try one of the iPrint series adapters by them.

I hope this helps.

--MikroData
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