Networking a G3 w/OS8.6, with a G4 w/OS9.22. Printer, other issues?
Posted on 2004-08-28
Sorry if this may duplicate a question elsewhere in "Printers" but it may be more specific to the OS than
The goal is the following. To keep a G3 desktop on OS 8.6 with an HP Laserjet 4ML printer...but network it
with an AGP G4 desktop so both can share resources. There is a USB adapter card on the G3. There are the
built-in USB and firewire ports on the G4. I want to be able to print from either System, and access equally
from both systems, the HP 4ML. I know that some docs created in 8.6 and earlier systems, in Pagemaker and
Freehand apps., will not output with retained formatting and print accurately to a newer HP 1012 USB printer
that I've tried on the G3. However....i wonder if both machines were networked to share common printer(s),
whether the older docs WOULD print with their original formatting if outputted to the G4 set to print to a newer
USB (1012 HP) printer...? The overriding question is...what are the specific steps i need to take to basically
network two different systems if it's possible at all.. one being OS 8.6 based, one being G4/OS 9. I want to
share data between the two easily....be able to share a common printer (one or more) between the two machines..
as well as internet access. I have already picked up, but not yet set up - an ethernet switch to go about tying
the two together. I will then move my current Internet Router down a notch in the chain so that it is on the same
ethernet network which will presumably allow all machines to get internet access. The question is about what
else needs to be done in terms of networking these two boxes in all other respects (printer and connectivity
between the two drives primarily).
Thanks.. If you need more specificity I will post more detail. It's mostly about specific settings of Apple-based
software that i'm sorta lost with at this stage and i want to try and clear this up before i start messing with everything.