ah, using products that don't support the Mac.
the powerbook doesn't see the printer, kinda. i unfortunately have an XP box which prints fine.
XP box is wired to the SMC Barricade Wireless Router.
the HP LaserJet 1200 is USB wired to the Linksys PSUS4 Wireless Print Server which is wired to the SMC.
all internet connectivity is fine.
if i connect (from the Mac) to the print server via a browser, i can print test pages.
when i set up a printer in printer setup with the IP Printing selection; using LPD/LPR as printer type and lp for the queue.
funny thing, it was set up once before and it worked...so i know it's possible.