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Need a plug-in print server (like Netgear PS101v2) for Mac

by bweylock / September 6, 2009 11:03 AM PDT

Snowcat won't even see my HP LaserJet, which is connected to an ethernet hub through an old Farallon AppletalkToEthernet adapter.

i think it's because Appletalk is no longer supported, but would like an expert opinion on that.

Assuming that's the case, i figure a new print server attached to the parallel port would do the trick. Problem is finding one that doesn't say it requires Windows.

What should I do?

Thanks!


Best,


- Bill

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Not really, but close
by bweylock / September 7, 2009 2:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Something like this?

Thanks! But ... Happy

I'm looking for a simple hardware unit akin to an ethernet or USB hub. The Netgear unit I mentioned can be had for about $46 shipped.

Your product is an industrial strength solution geared toward integrating Macs into an enterprise Windows architecture, and it has a minimum license of $600.

I don't know what these little guys do exactly. I would bet it's more like a protocol handshake than a server, which i would envision as housing the data - at least temporarily. But who knows? I just know i need something.

It's possible that something else entirely is screwing up the ability of my printer to talk to the Mac, but I am 92% sure it's the absence of Appletalk under 10.6.


Best,


- Bill

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Didn't look closely at that unit,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 7, 2009 3:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Not really, but close
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Nice! Thanks!
by bweylock / September 7, 2009 3:55 AM PDT

Didn't come up in my searches at all. Looks like a good, clean, economical solution. Now tomorrow I'll find out if it's still being sold and all, but could definitely be a winner.

Best of all, the spec sheet pretty well answered my main question. I haven't had much doubt that the Netgear device would work. I was just stopped by their citing Windows in the software requirements. Since the Hawking clearly says i need either Windows or any TCP-enabled system - specifically like Mac or Unix, i'm pretty sure that all the others will work as well. i think the Windows requirement is for their install disk, which probably will try to put some dippy menu array between me and the printer.

Thanks so much!

And i do like this price better too! Happy

You're probably much more able to judge, but i think they are two rather different products actually.


Best,


- Bill

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This should do the trick.
by lanny3 / October 2, 2009 12:23 PM PDT
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