Solved

Connecting my iMac to to a remote printer

Posted on 2013-01-12
9
508 Views
Last Modified: 2013-01-13
I have an iMac running OS X and would like to let it print to an HP Laserjet I have on a Windows 7 system, where I have the printe shared.  When the iMac powers up it finds the wireless connection fine from a Comcast hub (that the Windows 7 machine is also plugged into with an Ethernet cable) but it doesn't see the printer on the Windows 7 machine.  How can I connect the iMac to this printer over the wireless connection?

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:steva
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
9 Comments
 
LVL 94

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 38770994
The best way would be to put your printer on the network as a separate device, give it a Static IP address, and then put the driver for the printer on your MAC and point it to the network iP address.

... Thinkpads_User
0
 

Author Comment

by:steva
ID: 38771004
But Macs are so good about finding things on the network, with their Bonjour stuff,  and whatever.  Why can't the Mac just "see" it?

This was actually working at one time (without a static IP or special driver on the iMac)  and I think it broke when I updated the PC from XP to Windows 7.   The printer is just a standard HP LaserJet, so it seems that the iMac should have something internal that will work with it.
0
 
LVL 94

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 38771009
Connecting to XP is "easier" than Windows 7 because Windows 7 is much more secure. So that probably explains why it 'broke" going from XP to Windows 7.

In order to use the shared printer on a Windows 7 machine, you have to connect into it from the MAC. If you can connect from the MAC to see Windows 7 general folders, then you should be able to use the shared printer. But it is generally difficult to connect into the general structure of a Windows 7 machine. You might see if, when sharing the printer, you can provide user authentication and then provide that when connecting from the MAC.

Also, install the driver you need on the MAC first.  That might help.

This is why I say it is just easier to put printers on a network. It just works so much better.

.... Thinkpads_User
0
Secure Your Active Directory - April 20, 2017

Active Directory plays a critical role in your company’s IT infrastructure and keeping it secure in today’s hacker-infested world is a must.
Microsoft published 300+ pages of guidance, but who has the time, money, and resources to implement? Register now to find an easier way.

 
LVL 53

Expert Comment

by:strung
ID: 38771036
0
 
LVL 53

Accepted Solution

by:
strung earned 250 total points
ID: 38771040
0
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 38771247
I have my Laserjet 4MP both on the network with TCP/IP and on the parallel port of one of my machines.  My Macs have no trouble finding it on the network.  Neither do my PCs.
0
 

Author Comment

by:steva
ID: 38771324
Ok, I finally got this working using Strung's second tutorial link. The only problem now is that the printout font, when sending from the Mac,   is extremely small,  like 4 or 6pt.
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:gmbaxter
gmbaxter earned 250 total points
ID: 38771710
Have you installed the driver for the printer or selected the right one? Sounds like you are just using the generic postscript driver at the moment.
0
 

Author Comment

by:steva
ID: 38772450
Yep, I had the generic Postscript driver selected. The iMac had a driver for the HP 1200 Laserject and after it was selected it worked fine.

Thanks for your help!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

SUMMARY Enterprise backup in a heterogeneous network is a subject full of complications and restrictions. Issues such as filename & path structure, attributes and extended metadata always tend to complicate the subject to the extent where either …
Worried about if Apple can protect your documents, photos, and everything else that gets stored in iCloud? Read on to find out what Apple really uses to make things secure.
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question