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Here's a relatively simple solution if you have a wireless network, a (wireless) router, and a network-enabled printer ... and your router is in a different location from both your iMac and your printer. I connected the printer (HP Photosmart 2575) to the iMac via hard-wire ethernet (using a crossover cable). I then allowed the iMac to dynamically allocate an IP address to the printer.

Next, I enabled a static route in my wireless router, so that requests to the printer's IP address went via the 'gateway' IP address of the iMac -- this address was the IP address of the AirPort adapter. The iMac seems quite happy to forward IP requests from the AirPort adapter to the Ethernet adaptor. I can now treat the printer as a networked printer (despite it being on a different subnet), and hence set up the printer on my Windows laptop. Hope that kind of makes sense -- I am happy to expand on any detail if anyone's interested!
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Wireless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: jcbeckman on Jul 25, '06 08:08:58AM

Or you could just share the printer from your iMac . This way, it becomes a Bonjour printer, and no fancy tricks need be done on the network to see it.



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Wireless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: jcbeckman on Jul 25, '06 08:11:02AM

Forgot to mention that unless that's an old iMac, it probably already has automatic crossover built into the Ethernet port.



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Wirless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: rgray on Jul 25, '06 08:43:50AM

For a truly wireless printing set up, I got a Linksys WET54G for each of our HP3210 and Brother MFC420CN. Now the printers can be completely remote from any computer, and from the router (bog stock Linksys WRT54G). Aside from the Brother Widget (which seems to loose track of its printer after one has put it to sleep a few times) the performance has been faultless. Quite an elegant solution if I do say so... ;-}



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Wirless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Jul 25, '06 08:44:32AM

This is awfully complicated. Besides the above hint that also allows the printer to be seen bonjour, there is a much easier way to do this:

System Preferences.app -> Sharing, click the Internet tab, and check the port you will connect the printer to. Now the printer will get its DHCP address directly from the router passed through the Mac. No static routes or gateways involved, so you don't have to worry about arcane interfaces or weird bugs in your router's interface.



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Wirless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: Pileits on Jan 15, '07 05:35:22PM

Sure hope this hint works for me, because right now I'm stuck getting the wireless printer thing to work.....



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Wirless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: lavalavaman2006 on Jul 25, '06 01:01:23PM

You should be able to print wirelessly as long as you have printer sharing enabled in your Sharing Preferences pane and you have the equivalent thing enabled on your Windows laptop.



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WirEless printing via iMac and wireless router
Authored by: kaw_in_stl. on Jul 26, '06 07:07:53AM

Am I the only one who noticed the spelling of wireless "wirless" in the title?

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