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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station Install
Perhaps because it turns out to be so simple, I have not found simple instructions for installing a parallel printer on an Airport Base Station, and web searches kept turning up pages that made it look much more complicated than it turned out to be. So, here are instructions. I'm using a LaserJet 5MP on an Airport Extreme "Snow" Base Station with OS X 10.2 and 10.3.
  1. Obtain a USB -> Parallel cable. I found one for $19 plus change including shipping on the web.
  2. Connect printer to Base Station.
  3. Restart Base Station.
  4. Open Print Center application (or Printer Setup Utility) on OS X machines that are networked to the Base Station.
  5. Select 'Add new printer.' The LaserJet 5MP showed up automatically as a Rendezvous printer. If you have something different that does not show up, you probably need to install a printer driver.
That's it! No special software required, just the Parallel to USB cable. Everything just seems to work!
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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: cryptlib on Sep 10, '04 11:26:39AM

This doesn't work with all parallel printers, unfortunately. I tried this tactic long ago with my LaserJet 6L, and even with Gimp-Print, there was no love to be had.

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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: wale on Sep 11, '04 01:45:00PM

About the Laserjet6L:
Probably your printer doesn't work because it uses PCL an not postscript !?



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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: LC on Sep 11, '04 02:22:29AM

Is it that simple if you use the PowerPrint (from Infowave or wherever that product ended up) USB to Parallel cable? (i.e. no software driver needed?) Larry.



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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: mccallister on Nov 01, '04 09:00:28PM

I just tried this with an HP 5M and it works great. I used a $20 parallel to USB adaptor from Micro Innovations that I bought from Wally World. Rendevouz instantly recognized it at a HP 5M (although it wanted to use generic drivers). I manually selected the HP 5M driver and it prints just fine.



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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: luvosx on Jan 18, '05 10:14:20PM

I tried the micro innovations gizmo on my faithful lexmark optra ep (yes, postscript as well) but the printer tab does not show anything on the airport utility. what do i do ? any suggestions welcome. rebooting the airport beast has been tried to no avail.



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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: luvosx on Jan 16, '05 11:08:53PM

Where did you buy this cable, guys/gals ? I have a beatup belkin usb-parallel printer adapter - doesnt seem to work. i have a lexmark optra ep connected to the belkin stuff usb'd into the airport extreme b.s. dont see it in the list at all. any advice greatly received including those that hint at dumping the belkin. thanks.



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Install a parallel printer on a Base Station
Authored by: luvosx on Jan 18, '05 04:51:01PM

Well, I went to walmart and picked up this micro innovations usb/parallel thingy - wally world == walmart, duh ! Will try it out tonight.
Thanks



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