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Hi I have currently upgraded my network to a wireless network with some nodes with cables still intact. My problem is that after I have upgraded to wireless I am not able to communicate through appletalk with the apple printers. Although I am able to ping the printers ipadress I can not find it through apple talk, which I was able to do fine with just cable.

Pinging works between printers and other computers, just the appletalk zones or network is not being found from a wireless node.
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by:weed
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Turn appletalk ON for the airport interface. It's probably only on for the built in ethernet. That's done through the network control panel with the airport interface selected and the appletalk tab at the front.
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by:uptown_hr
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I am not using airport
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by:weed
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Youve got to have an airport card in your machines to be using wireless though. Whether or not you have an airport base station or not, youre still using the airport cards in your machines.
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by:uptown_hr
ID: 8070078
Ok here is the network setup.
Microsoft Windows 2000 - using wireless
Apple computer - using ehternet
Apple Printer - using ethernet
All connected by linksys wireless router.
So only the microsoft computers are wirless.

the microsoft computers are not able to find the apple printer using apple talk after upgrading to wireless, but works find with using cables.
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by:weed
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Do the windows machines have apple printing services enabled? Windows doesnt use appletalk natively so you have to enable it. Does the apple printer support IP printing?
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by:uptown_hr
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It is not ip printing it is using appletalk and I have installed appletalk protocol in the windows computers. And like I have said before It used to work fine with wired network, this problem only occurs when I use wireless.
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by:weed
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I didnt ask if you were using IP printing. I want to know if your particular printer supports IP printing. That could be a workaround.

Sounds to me like your wireless connectivity software doesnt support the appletalk protocol. For example, when using a Lucent card on a Mac with the open source wireless drivers, appletalk doesnt work especially well. Could be very similar for your PC.
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by:uptown_hr
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software??? i don't think the software has anything do with the protocol issues.
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by:weed
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It absolutely does. Software is what determines the protocols. Cant send appletalk packets if your software wont let you.
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by:uptown_hr
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So what do you recomend i do?
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by:weed
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You could use software that supports appletalk packets *IF* that's the problem at all. I really wouldnt doubt it that the software for a windows machine's wireless card didnt support appletalk. There's even Mac wireless software that doesnt support appletalk. May not be anything you can do about it except use a different protocol for printing.
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by:uptown_hr
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when we are talking about software what software are we talking about?
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weed earned 100 total points
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The drivers for your wireless card.
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by:MikeHolder
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Hiya, there are some models of Linksys wireless access points that don't pass AppleTalk traffic. Computers will not be able to print to AppleTalk printers or share files with computers on the Ethernet connection through these Access Points. One solution is to use an Apple AirPort or other base station that is capable of passing all standard Ethernet protocol traffic. Use TCP/IP printing, see Apple’s Technote, http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=20148. Check with the printer manufacturer to see if there is a TCP/IP network printing option available.

There were some more possible issues at:
http://www.macwireless.com/html/support/knownissues.html

Mike
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by:DanRobinson
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Hey uptown!

You need to set up for IP printing. You'll need the IP address and (of course) the ppd for your printer. If it's an Apple Printer, it is already in the Printer Descriptions folder.

In OS 9 . . .

https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Resources/KnowledgeBase/Docs/20020202122110

and scroll down to "Configuring a TCP/IP Desktop Printer"

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In OS X you'll do much the same thing in the Print Center. Add a printer, choose IP Printing, type in the printer's IP address, and then choose the printer model from the list.
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by:weed
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Didnt we already cover that?
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