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Use a Linksys print server with PCs and Macs Printers
This tip will help you print successfully with the HP LaserJet 1012 and a print server with both Macintosh and PC connected through the same router. I have the Linksys PSUS4 (wired) PrintServer for USB with 4-port switch. I have two Macs (one running 10.4.9 and one on 10.3.9), and two PCs (both running XP). The PCs set up quickly, as there is a disc that comes with the print server for PCs. Linksys will not provide support for setting up a Mac. If you want to have your Mac see the printer, you may have to tell it manually.

My setup is four computers connected via ethernet cable into the Linksys router. The print server is also plugged into the router the same way. The printer is plugged into the print server's USB port. Here's what I did:
  1. I installed the third party print driver for the HP LaserJet 1012 contained in the Gutenprint 5.0.0 print driver installer. I did not find that I could get HP's driver to be recognized in this setup process.
  2. I found the printer's / print servers's IP address. This can be found if the printer is on and attached to the print server, and you hold and release the reset switch on the side of the print server for a least 10 seconds. The IP address will be something like xxx.xxx.x.xxx. This is not the router's IP address, which is likely in the format xxx.xxx.x.x mode. This should send a sheet to print directly to the printer, showing the IP address. Also, the IP address of the print server can easily be found if you have a PC on the LAN. Just install the disk that came in the box and the Linksys software can tell you.
  3. I found a working queue name in Macintouch's Network Printers reader report. This was important, as I could not print without it. I was seeing the print server all day, but until I had a proper queue name, IP address, and 1012 driver listed, I could not print. The comment there that solved my problem was by John Robertson, who wrote "I use IP Printing, LPD/LPR and set Queue Name to 'LPT1' on Printer Address '192.168.2.1' with success for my HP 6MP on my home wireless/wired network." My IP is different, but I used his queue name in the LPD area of the IP setup in the Add Printer part of the system prefs.
Now all my computers are able to print on the same printer. It took me all day to figure this out, so I hope this helps someone else.

[robg adds: This same tip (without the minor changes to layout, adding of links, modifying of a few words, etc.) appears in the referenced Macintouch reader report -- but it was submitted here by the same author (based on the email address the author provided), so no, we're not reusing Macintouch's content!]
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Use a Linksys print server with PCs and Macs
Authored by: toivo on May 23, '07 08:48:44AM

Just as a reference: back in 2004 I wrote a story on how to use the Linksys PSUS4 to print from a Mac to a Brother HL-1430 printer: Print to a Brother HL-1430 via a Linksys print server



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Use a Linksys print server with PCs and Macs
Authored by: boern on May 24, '07 05:36:55AM

I did this a year ago from my Linux box (before I had the Mac) - if you have no PC connected or don't want to walk, nmap _does_ find the router!



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Use a Linksys print server with PCs and Macs
Authored by: songird on Apr 14, '08 10:12:14PM

The trick above works great. I followed the steps outlined and was able to connect the macbook pro to the hp deskjet 970cse using a linksys print server. Thanks very much!



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