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One way to print to Serial and AppelTalk printers
Authored by: ejensen on May 16, '08 05:54:56PM

Seems like a hard way to do this. I have been running an Ethernet<-->LocalTalk converter for years, and am still printing to a Laserwriter 4/600 (at home) and 320 (at work) this way, all connected via my router. Apple provides drivers in Leopard so they are supported still (just need to turn on Appletalk for the ethernet connection). Years ago several companies sold such converters (Dayna, Asante,...) and they still turn up on eBay. Unless you have a reason to want an OS 9 Mac running all the time, this seems a much better solution, though it is getting harder to find new toner cartridges.

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resolves an issue with Time Capsule
Authored by: thomaschek on May 17, '08 12:30:32AM

You're absolutely right so far.

But there were reasons for me to use a LaserWriter, a PowerBook Wallstreet (and now Print66): LaserWriters are good quality, reliable and cheap (mine was 25 bucks, including p+p and a spare toner cartridge). I tried AsanteTalk bridges and found them to be unreliable. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. There are "books" about the right way to power up the computer and the box in order to get them running. Furthermore, PowerBooks such old are extremely cheap nowadays (25 bucks for mine), almost cheaper than a box, and much more powerful and reliable (ymmv).

Second, with Time Capsule, my wireless AppleTalk connection broke - which worked just fine before with an old Vigor 2500we (otherwise there was no change in the setup, so I suppose Apple's hardware or firmware for AirPort does not support AppleTalk at the moment). Cabled Ethernet worked just fine, but I wanted to print wirelessly from a MacBook Pro and a MacBook Air - which was not possible any more with Time Capsule.

So I figured out this solution and as far as I see: Whatever Apple decides, whether they will repair the broken wireless AppleTalk connection or not, or whatever protocols they will support (or not) in the future - as long as I have printer drivers on both sides and get the two machines connected via a network (wired or wireless), this solution will work.

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