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A fix for a WinXP to Airport Express USB printing issue Network
After spending a day fiddling around with ports and Bonjour to get a USB printer attached to an AirPort Express to print from my XP Desktop, I finally figured it out. It was my XP firewall software; I disabled it, and could at last print. The firewall I was using was the Zone Alarm freebie version; I'm now reliant on the XP built-in firewall along with Spybot, AdAware, and Mozilla, but at least I can print.

I hope this helps someone else -- there's a lot of stuff out there about printer configuration, port fiddling, and using Bonjour, but in the end, it was nothing to do with any of that. It was a simple software issue...
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A fix for a WinXP to Airport Express USB printing issue
Authored by: unimatrixzxero on Nov 03, '05 01:12:42PM

You might want to try Sygate Personal Firewall for XP. It's also a freebie version, but much more "customizable". And it easily lets you add custom rules and exeptions. You'll definitely be safer than w/ just the Windows XP "firewall".



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A fix for a WinXP to Airport Express USB printing issue
Authored by: viscus on Nov 04, '05 01:40:33PM

Thanks for the advice - Sygate has been installed.

On the free version of ZA, Trusted Zones weren't that configurable (at least, I couldn't see an easy way of allowing that port in the Trusted Zone).



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A fix for a WinXP to Airport Express USB printing issue
Authored by: emendelson on Nov 03, '05 04:42:07PM

Just add your local network to the "Trusted Zone" in ZoneAlarm - that should do the trick.



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A fix for a WinXP to Airport Express USB printing issue
Authored by: Power Factor on Nov 05, '05 03:53:03PM

Yes. Another issue that disappears when submitted to Micro$oft



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