Printing from OS X to OS 9 via Ethernet

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-24
Hello All,

I have an OS X iBook and probably one of the last 10 working G3's on the planet running OS 9.4.3.  Even though there's a 10 years' age difference between them they both cost the same when I bought them, funny how that works, isn't it?

Anyway, my question is this:

The G3 is connected to an HP LaserJet printer by serial cable.  I'd like to be able to print from the iBook.

Is there a way for me to connect the G3 to the iBook via Ethernet cable and configure both computers to allow the iBook to treat the G3 as a print server, printing to the IP address of the printer?  Or something similar?  I looked all over the Web, couldn't find a way to do this.

Question by:Raydot
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    Accepted Solution

    If by serial cable, you mean a "localtalk" connection, this might help:
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    Expert Comment

    Does the HP have a jetdirect installed? What model printer is it?  Some HPs can't have jetdirect cards installed so you would need an external print server.  If your printer has a jetdirect card you need to setup the network settings through the printers panel.  I usually use a static IP (rather than bootp or dhcp) that is just outside of your router's IP range (to avoid conflicts or loss of connection).  Then plug  the printer directly into the router/switch.  Go to preferences and printers and add a printer and select IP printing and enter the four-digit IP address from the printer's configuration / test page. It should look something like this: Enter it with the periods in the "Printer Address" box, then select your printer from the Printer Model pop-up.
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    Author Comment

    I don't know about JetDirect, how can I tell?  It's the old HP 6P, circa 1996 or so.
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    Here are the tech specs for the 6P:

    Apparently a jet direct card was optional, but unless your printer has an RJ45 ethernet port, it does not have JetDirect.

    It does have a localtalk port, and this is the serial port you mention in your post. The only way to use this printer with OS X is set out in the links in my previous post, which would require you to use your old G3 as print server, or get some hardware called an ethernet-to-localtalk bridge. Asante used to make one and you might find one on EBay.
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    Author Comment

    Strung, I think you threw me with that initial "localtalk/serial" talk, but you were right on the money.  If anyone looks this up in the future, you might have to play with the Appletalk settings to get things just right.

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