Connecting my iMac to to a remote printer

Posted on 2013-01-12
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?

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by:John Hurst
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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.

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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.
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by:John Hurst
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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.

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strung earned 250 total points
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by:Dave Baldwin
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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.

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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.
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gmbaxter earned 250 total points
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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.

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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!

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