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Ethernet Networking and Printing

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I work in a small graphics department with 2 Power Mac G3s, a B&W printer and a color printer.  I'm also linked through ethernet and DAVE client software to a Windows NT LAN.  What is the best way to network my Macs and printers so that I don't need to switch protocals/ports in the Appletalk control panel everytime I need to print or check my email on the NT server?  In other words, how can I keep my Macs on the ethernet network (and connected to the NT server) and avoid having to switch to the Printer Port or Remote port in order to print?
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If the printers are using appletalk and are connected via the printer port then the only way to keep everything connected is to switch the entire network to TCP/IP. If the network is using TCP/IP and the Printers are using AppleTalk then there should be no switching involved. This means taking the NT network to TCP/IP as well. The macs can use AppleTalk over TCP/IP so keeping them all connected to eachother as well will be no problem. This applies to 8.6 and up. The NT network should also be fine on TCP/IP which is generally a faster protocol anyway.

Anyway the setup should be this:

-Printer connected to printer port.
-Network/Appletalk control panel should be set to Printer Port
-TCP/IP control panel should be configured accordingly with individual addresses for each computer. It should also be set to use Ethernet.
-This should allow the macs to see any FTP/WEB/EMAIL server run on the NT and vise versa without dave or pcmaclan.
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