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Print via Rendezvous and AirPort from Windows Network
The software on my Airport Extreme was recently updated to the newest firmware (v5.5.1). All the Macs that were unable to print to our Epson Stylus Color 740 suddenly started working after this update, but all of the Windows XP machines in the house stopped working. I tried setting up IP printing, but nothing seemed to work even that way (in WinXP or MacOS X). To solve this, I posted on the forums and got a suggestion to try Rendezvous, so I downloaded Rendezvous for Windows Technology Preview 3 from Apple's Developer website.

Installing it requires a restart, but afterward, there is a shortcut on the desktop to setup a printer. I did this and noticed in the process that Rendezvous automatically detected 9101 as the raw port instead of the default 9100. It worked beautifully! I even went back and set up a printer with IP printing and used raw port 9101 instead of the default 9100, and that worked! So you can use port 9101 or Rendezvous to achieve the same thing.
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Print via Rendezvous and AirPort from Windows
Authored by: roberri on Feb 09, '05 07:47:18PM

I've installed Rendezvous on my Win XP SP2 box which has my Canon i550 printer attached to it via USB.

Does anyone know if it's possible to "see" this printer, via rendezvous, from my iBook or does it *have* to be connected to either the iBook or my Airport Express?

Failing that, can you buy some sort of USB->Ethernet print server that I could plug into my wireless router (Belkin model which is bridged to the AE)?

Thanks for your help!!!

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Print via Rendezvous and AirPort from Windows
Authored by: nicksay on Feb 12, '05 08:45:35PM

I don't know about Rendezvous printer sharing from the Windows side, having never tried it. I believe that the Windows Rendezvous implementation only resolves domain names and listens for service announcements. I don't think it has the ability to publish services (i.e. printer sharing). If someone knows otherwise, please correct me.

I do know that if you're trying to set up a Rendezvous printer on Windows, the printer must be connected to an Airport (Extreme or Express) base station. Apparently, Mac OS X printer sharing doesn't actually use Rendezvous to broadcast its service; it uses some feature of CUPS, the underlying UNIX-based printing system. Hence, the Rendezvous Printer Setup Wizard on Windows won't see those printers. (You can still use IP Printing directly, however.)

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Print via Rendezvous and AirPort from Windows
Authored by: roberri on Feb 14, '05 11:10:54AM

Ahh that makes sense!

Thanks for your help!

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