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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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