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Can't print from MAC attached to Wireless to a networked HP 3052 Printer

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I can't print from my MACBOOK PrO when connected to wi-fi to a networked HP 3052 printer, that is connected to the LAN via CAT5.  But if I plug a CAT5 cable into MAC directly, I can print.  Only when the MAC is connected to wireless, that it won't print.  It shows the printer offline with in the MAC
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Make sure that the wireless network is in the the same IP range as the wired network.

To check this to the following:

Make sure you're connected to the wireless

1. Click on System Preferences
2. Click on Network
3. Select Wi-Fi
4. Click Advanced and select TCP/IP
5. Now write down: IPv4 Adress, Subnet Mask and Router

Connect the cable to your MAC

1. Click on System Preferences
2. Click on Network
3. Select Etherneti
4. Click Advanced and select TCP/IP
5. Now write down: IPv4 Adress, Subnet Mask and Router

Now check if the Wired and Wireless connection are on the same network.
If you don't know how to compare the IP address,etc just post them here and I can check for you.
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by:mbaker100196
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Yes, the printer sits outside the Wi-fi with IP subnet of 192.168.40.100 and the wi-fi is giving out 192.168.80.x/24 ip addresses.  It works for windows laptops but not mac,
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by:strung
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You have to set up a second printer in the Print & Fax preferences panel to print wireless. If you are trying to use the printer you set up to print directly to print wirelessly, the printer driver is looking in the wrong place for the printer.
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by:sfossupport
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Are the wired and wireless networks using different dns ? I suspect its a routing issue. Plug into the
wired network and run netstat -r. Repeat this for the wireless network and compare the routing tables. Then add the missing route to your wireless connection,  route -n add <missing route>
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by:mbaker100196
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Strung,  are you saying the MAC treats the wired and wireless printing as two different printers?  The printer is not wireless but is attached to the LAN via CAT5

Thanks!

Mark
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by:hdhondt
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Just came across this old question. In case it has not been resolved yet this may help.

To the MAc (or the PC, for that matter), wired and wireless are indeed 2 different printers. You need to install the one you want to use.
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My printer was on a different subnet and moved to same subnet as wireless and worked
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