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10.4: Set up a D-Link DPR 1260 multifunction print server... got it working! on my mac
Authored by: paranoid android on Aug 07, '09 09:38:27PM
I'd love to add to the last post, as I found some further information that you may find helpful.
First of all, my situation was similar in that i was trying to install the dlink dpr-1260 print server on my home network. Here are some of my h/w specs:
Computer: mac book pro, osx 10.5.1
Router: dlink di-624 wireless 803.11g/b
Printer: HP Office jet j5750 multi function

So here's what i found:
a) when installing your dlink print server, you're going to need to physically connect it to your network via cat5 data cable direct to your router and NOT to your computer. This much the dlink manual has right.
b) once connected, log into your router's web interface. In my case, 192.168.0.1 and look under dhcp tab/link and once you see a listing of all devices that have had recent dhcp ip's assigned, you will hopefully see one for your new dlink dpr 1260. In my case it was assigned 192.168.1.120 (within the range that i had earlier set). This assumes of course that you have dhcp enabled on your router in the first place. if not, then do so, it should be self explanatory via a button toggle. At this point, I took a proactive early step and made the dlink dpr 1260 a static ip so that it is not flaky on my network. Just trust me. Make note of your iP given to your dlink.
c) Now try logging into your dpr 1260 via a browser (http://192.168.0.120). You may notice that you do NOT have a connection. If this is the case, you need to trouble shoot, starting from the physical (always), by testing your cable connections, snap them in again. You did see your dlink in your router dhcp table, so by all accounts you should be able to login.
d) If you are now logged on, you immediatly see the status screen. It indicates information like your print server model, ip address, mac address etc.. You will also see several wireless links on the left hand nav. You will see 'scan', 'setup', ... tabs on the top hand nav. At this point, according to the manual you are to click on the 'setup' tab, unfortunately, this does nothing but spin your 'working' icon. After several minutes, if you have the patience, you will be greeted with the error message "Operating system not supported. Only vista, xp, 2000 and ME are supported" (remember, at this point i'm in a mac laptop, using safari and firefox browser).
e) If you try to now skip the above setup step and go directly into 'add a printer' in your mac, you are likely to fail, as you likely will not have the correct drivers required to run your printer over a print server. At this point i came across the following helpful link from another helpful poster. Go to: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/MacOSX/hpijs and download the three pieces of dmg's... ghost script, foomatic, and hpijs. You'll need to install them in that order.
f) once done, now go to install a new printer, via preferences/printers/add printer (+). I don't remember, but I may have used the default 'LPD protocol', but i do remember you need to use the IP address from step c). Click ok or next.
g) At this point you should be asked for the 'driver'. Select 'choose'. From your list you should now see literally hundreds to choose from. In my case I selected 'HP officeject 570' the closest match to mine. Look for the 'recommended' beside it. Finish up adding the printer. You may want to make some reference to it being your print server printer (as you may already have had it working locally attached and working prior).
h) When you're all done, test print, selecting your print server printer. Voila, it should be printing by now.
Caveat... at this point you may be wondering 'what about that step in the dpr1260 web broswer 'setup' tab? Well, I never got into that tab, but it's printing from my wireless mac. I still have not figured out 'scanning' as that tab also did not work before or after. If you figure it out, please update with a reply. : )
Cheers,
paranoid_android

btw.. no disrespect to the dlink support. They were very accomodating and tried to help, but outside of helping me to connect to the dpr1260, the two I had, had no clue about the various unix drivers that I required.

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