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Smaller network simpler solution
Authored by: sweyhrich on May 20, '02 11:30:13PM

I've been trying to avoid all the "USB printer sharing doesn't work under MacOS X" statements I can find, since I've been able to (usually) get it to work in my small home network, and I'm afraid that if I read the tech stuff too closely I'll decide that it CAN'T work and it will stop working :-).

We have:

iMac DV+ running MacOS X 10.1.4
iMac 233, MacOS 9.1 (ethernet cable)
iBook Indigo, MacOS 9.1 (Airport)
iBook White 2001, MacOS 9.1 (Airport)

The Airport is configured to use NAT to share the cable modem with each computer, and each computer has Appletalk turned on. The Epson printer software is installed on each MacOS 9 computer. When using the Chooser to select that Epson printer, it shows up as "Shared Stylus COLOR 777", and will (usually) print.

I say "usually" because there are some times when the darn thing just refuses to work. Most of the time it works just great. I found that you MUST have Classic set to never sleep, or the printer will not show up in the Chooser.


I always have Classic booted up on the MacOS X machine, and have the printer shared (as described in the article). Appletalk is on, and each MacOS 9.1 computer on the network seems to be able to see



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