How to get stable LAN (workgroup only) printing solution for Mac OS X wireless, XPs wired/wireless? Possible at all?
Posted on 2010-01-06
DSL modem (business plan from major ISP)
D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N dual band wireless/wired router; latest firmware,
Mac OS® X 10.5+ - wireless - internet ok, file sharing not needed ,
XP Pro SP3 desktop - wired - internet ok, file sharing not needed (for the time being as trying production-usage of cloud Mesh.com ),
XP Home SP3 desktop - wired - internet ok, file sharing not needed (for the time being),
XP home SP3 notbook - wireless - internet ok, file sharing not needed (for the time being),
USB Printer Brother MFC-240C, latest drivers (except maybe on Mac OS X - how/where to check that? It is confusing on Mac OS X to see stand-alone (full) v. clinet-only printer utility/drivers), Latest firmware
Printer-on-LAN configuration #1 (PoLC1): printer USB to XP Home desktop LAN wired
PoLC2: printer USB to router using SharePort utility of D-Link
Nightmare to get Mac wireless and XPs wired/wireles to print at all and/or stable on e.g. this Brother MFC-240C.
Of course it is ok in PoLC1 with only one other Xp Pro desktop LAN wired.
But, enter Mac OS X wireless - could not make it on PoLC1 (Macs instructions / help / 'wizard' useless/nonsense - maybe you know exact steps which will work for PoLC1?)
Tried PoLC2, hoping for D-Link printer-server-like-via-usb-on-router:
turned out to be UNBELIVABLE D-Loink HORROR and NONSENSE!
This is ridiculous from D-Link - either make it printer server or It is NOT printer server !
Not only printer jobs gets hanged after 2-3 succesful jobs, requiring router rebooting via router's admin web inerface - of course that business users get mad! -
but also nonsense of
- not supporting multiple users on XP been logged in (using 'Switch users" on Xp) although of course not using SahrePort utility at the same time
- problems with non-Admin Xp users
- ... etc .
Could you please recommend STABLE printing solution(s), which, when set up,
will work without glitches when
- PCs/noteboks will turn on/shut downs,
- overlapped print jobs submissions but in very modest load at all and thus modest overlapped / concurrent print load
Is it possible at all to get STABLE printing solutions for Mac OS X wireless, XPs wired/wireles in small business environment ?