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Adding a PC to a Mac Network

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I have a small Mac network (no server), and would like to be able to add a Win98 PC to it, to use the printers, etc.  Is this possible, if so how?
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Certainly possible. Just get PCMacLAN from www.miramarsys.com ...That will give the PC appletalk capabilities. It will also allow your PC to see the mac shared volumes if you ever added a server or wanted to transfer files between the two.

 If your printer is a TCP/IP laser printer then you just need to connect the PC up to the ethernet network and configure the PC with the drivers to fit that printer networked. Most HP laser printers are cross platform and so have drivers for both PC and Mac. Set it up as if there were no macs on the network.

If the printer is a printer like the lower end epson inkjets you have a few obstacles as these printers generally arent shareable. But there are tricks. Try using the drivers for mac and PC that are the top drivers in the series. For example...You have an epson 600 which isnt shareable. Use the epson 640 drivers which DO allow sharing. You will probably also need PCMacLAN for this as well.

Many printers also come with dual ports. For example the epson 600 has a mac serial port and a PC parallel port. You can hook it up to both machines at the same time. Make sure your printer doesnt have both before proceeding as this is the easiest solution.
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I suppose i should propose that as an answer. Probably more info than youll need in a lifetime..heh
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thanks, weed.  made my life much easier!
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What if your HPdirect printer is on another subnet and one needs to go thru a router to print.I can ping it but cant browse it. The add printer utility only brings up printers on the same segment. Any ideas?-bk
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