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HP's don't work (yet)
Authored by: balthisar on Jan 10, '02 06:04:56PM

(Brodie -- there's no USB printer sharing in OS X yet, but it's rumored for 10.2)

Original Post:
This technique is the generally-accepted way of putting a printer -- any printer -- onto a network (except those that have built-in print servers). Although you have to pay money for the printer server (or a router with a built-in print server) this is WAY more convenient than using the clunky Apple USB printer sharing:
1) the host computer does NOT have to be on to print from another computer (the server is the host computer)
2) you can remotely administer the server and turn on/off features according to your network, such as allowing Windows machines to print, Linux boxes, pure Unix boxes, Macs prior to OS 9, and in some cases, even Mac OS X computers!

Downsides:
1) for some reason, HP printers have never seemed to have the ability to detect ink levels when on a network (boo hoo; I've not missed it).
2) if you're on broadband (cable/always-on-DSL), and unless you're using a firewall (like your broadband router), people could potentially print to your printer!

This hint is a GREAT hint in the general sense, and even if Apple does add USB printer sharing, I'd still try to steer you away from it.

These "external" print servers almost always use the parallel port, which most USB printers have, so it's entirely do-able.

HOWEVER, for the time being, this will ONLY WORK with certain Epson printers (as described in the hint) and PostScript Level 2 printers. HEWLETT-PACKARD printers WILL NOT work like this out-of-the-box. This is why the original post refers to using GhostScript (and why my hint is on this web-site showing you how) for certain networked printers. HP *is* planning AppleTalk-compatible drivers, though, so this hint WILL work eventually.

If you have an HP, Canon, or other unsupported printer you want to network, you still connect your printer as described in this hint, but you'll need to search this board for MY hint to get GhostScript working for you.



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HP's don't work (yet)
Authored by: elzevir on Aug 17, '02 02:39:22PM

Let me know when someone gets an HP7550 working (other than the Ghostscript route which seems to result in lower quality when printing photos, etc). I have a Dlink DP-313 and am trying to avoid connecting via USB to the printer. For my PCs, it works perfectly. It looks perhaps Mac OS X 10.2 with CUPS might make it work. For now, I'll just have to plug in my G4 to my printer when I need to print.



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