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I have a home wireless network consisting of a DSL modem, a Linksys wireless router (WRT54G), a Linksys wireless print server (WPS 54Gu2) with two printers attached (HP laserjet 5P and Deskjet 895Cse), a Windows XP Home laptop with a 802.11g card, and a macintosh powerbook G4 with airport extreme running OS 10.3.5.  Both computers can access the internet just fine.  The Windows machine can print from either printer.  However, the powerbook apparently cannot find the print server or the printers attached to it.  

I have tried setting up new printers on the mac, using Appletalk, HP IP printing, IP printing, and LPR printing.  I have seen no evidence that the mac can even see the print server, since when it goes out to find and display the list of connected devices, it comes up with nothing.  

I can navigate to the print server by going to Safari and typing in the print server's IP address.  That just takes me to the setup routine, which is no help.

The print server apparently supports Appletalk, although Linksys disclaims all knowledge of Appletalk and Macs when I call them.  The router manual explicity says the router does not support Appletalk.  I assume that if the router doesn't support Appletalk, then two devices connecting through the router cannot connect using Appletalk?  

Is it possible to print from a Mac with this combination of hardware?  It appears from other questions asked and answered here that it is, but I am stuck.  If it is possible, what type of connection protocol should I be using, and how do I set it up?

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It's working!  Thanks Weed, that link was very helpful.  The instructions under the Advanced tab were missing a step, the Device needs to be set for "LPD/LPR Host or Printer".

These instructions were for a different print server, one with (I guess) one port.  My print server has two ports, a parallel and a USB.  Using lpd://195.168.1.105/P1 worked great on the laserjet on the parallel port, so I tried lpd://195.168.1.105/P2 for the USB Deskjet.  This printed garbage on the laserjet instead.

I got it working by using L1 and L2 instead of P1 and P2.  This goes back to a previous question (which you helped answer) http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Macintosh_Networking/Q_20871181.html.  It's possible that I did something in the print server setup based on that question but that was a few weeks ago so I'm not certain what I did then.

Oddly, the link you provided above has a second, supposedly simpler solution, involving IP printing.  This didn't work for me at all, using P1 or L1.  

Anyway, the Mac is printing and my wife is happy, so I'm happy.  I accepted your answer.

Thanks.

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