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Laserwriter select 360

I would like to add the laserwriter to my imac (OSX) network.  I'm using a linksys etherfast router and I have an asante bridge from the printer to the router.  Do I need the address of the printer (which I don't have) to get the computer to recognize the printer.  I have had no luck so far and used the print setup to add the printer-it doesn't even come up.

Thank you,

Joel
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idarmadiCommented:
Joel,

Try enabling the AppleTalk on your iMac's ethernet.  (System Preference -> Network. Pick the network interface, click on AppleTalk tab, and enable it).

Btw, you're not using wireless, are you?

Let us know how it goes.
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Lieven EmbrechtsCommented:
the asante bridge transfers the appletalk packets from appletalk cabling (which is the only thing the select360 can do) to utp cabling.
so you still have appletalk packets.
go to your network control panel and switch on appletalk.
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jqhdcAuthor Commented:
I already have appletalk switched on but I still can't get the network to recognize the laserwriter.
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idarmadiCommented:
Joel,

As far as I can understand, this is your setting :

[OSX client] <-- ethernet cable --> [Linksys Etherfast Router] <-- ethernet cable --> [Asante bridge] <-- appletalk cable (?) --> [LaserWriter]

Is this correct?  Can you tell me the type of Linksys Etherfast Router you're using?
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jqhdcAuthor Commented:
idarmadi,

This chain is correct and I am using a Linksys 4 port cable/dsl router with a 4 port switch, Model BEFSR41.

Joel
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idarmadiCommented:
Joel,

In your router, there are 4 port LAN and 1 port WAN.  make sure that  your Mac and your asante are plugged into the LAN port and not the WAN port. (just to make sure :))  And make sure that the light of the port that you've plugged light on.

Basically that's all what it need to have a simple appletalk network.  However, in my experience, Linksys (especially wireless) and AppleTalk don't work well.

Do this simple test.  Connect the iMac directly to the Asante via ethernet cable.

iMac <--ethernet cable--> Asante bridge <--appletalk cable--> LaserWriter

If you have a new iMac, you just need a straight ethernet cable.

If you have an older iMac, you will need a cross ethernet cable.

You're suppose to be able to see the LaserPrinter this way.

Let us know.
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heteronymousCommented:
With everything hooked up (either via the LAN ports of your router, or the test setup suggested by Joel (above)) & powered on,

Go to Applications/Utilities, and launch the Terminal application.

Type in: atlookup

and it will take a bit of time, but will come back with a response of all the AppleTalk devices yoru iMac can see via it's


PLEASE NOTE: That Asante adapter is wonderful, but can be a bit "cantankerous" about when it gets powered on. It should be that LAST thing you turn on (by plugging in the adapter to the back of it), after the printer and iMac are fully powered up. Check the status lights on the Asante adapter as it powers up
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heteronymousCommented:
(sorry, to finish that sentence:  "via it's ethernet connection"  )
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sgstuartCommented:
Hi jghdc,
      Are you still having problems and are you still looking at this.    I basically have the same setup,  except I am using a PowerMac G4 Dual 1.25GHz and I have connected it and got it to work with a software program (which I believe was free).    I have had to move my system around and will need to reset this up again, so if you are in need of help, I will tell you exactly what I did.

Thanks,
Steven Stuart
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sgstuartCommented:
Hi jghdc,
      I am not sure if you are still having the problem, but I finally had time to fix it on my own machine.   So I have now had it working in 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4.
     First, how you turn things on and set things up and open things is a big part.
Here is how to do it.

1. Close out of your Print Center, do not have it open, and close it in between each trial if you need to.
2. Turn on your printer
3.  Once the printer is fully turned on, then connect the appletalk printer cable to the Asante AsanteTalk Bridge, then attach the other end to the appletalk printer.
4. connect the ethernet cable to the AsanteTalk bridge and then to the router.
5. Plug the power into the AsanteTalk Bridge (the most important sequence starts here)
6. Open your Print Center and see if you can view the printer, thru the Printer Browser/Default Browser  (you may need to wait a minute or two).
7. Select it and add it to your printer list

8.   If it does not show up in step 6, then go back to step 5, by unplugging the AsanteTalk, wait a few minutes, and then plug it back in, and then go to Step 7 again.    I had to do Step 5 twice before it came up, I knew it would work, because I saw the middle two lights talking when I plugged it back in.   I heard of others that had to even do it three or four times, before it came up.   It should be fine forever after that.

Thanks,
Steven Stuart

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heteronymousCommented:
Hang on there...

If the printer has power while you plug in or unplug that AppleTalk printer cable, you risk frying the port : /

The only part of the above steps that you will need to repeat, are steps 5-8

The rest is superfluous: check the seating for both ends of the AppleTalk printer cable once, while both printer and AsanteTalk Bridge are OFF,

and then, yes: turn on (pug in the power connector) the AsanteTalk Bridge *last* , and you may need to power-cycle (unplug, wait a second, then plug back in it's power connector) , is the only part that you need to repeat.

You will need to do so again, if you ever have a power outage, or the AsanteTalk Bridge crashes, which should happen rarely, but can and does happen (the lights show power but no activity, when you send a print job, for example)
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