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I need help setting up a network printer, so here's the layout. I have a pc (xp pro sp2) with a printer connected to it, I also have a macbook pro (wireless internet connection) that I use around the house. On the pc I share the printer and give it a name like officeprinter, when I finish my work on the macbook I try and print to that printer, but it fails to print. I was wondering if anyone could walk me though this, so that i can see the step i missed. Any kind of help would be great.

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network printer

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A network printer plugs directly into the network via ethernet. and doesn't need to be connected to the PC. The network printer will have an IP address and you can add it to any PC or MAC by searching for network printers.

Based on your description, it doesn't sound like a network printer but a regular printer that is shared on the PC. If that's the case, the next step would be to see if you have any firewalls running? Can you see any shared folders and access file over the network?


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Network Printing

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Yes. You are exactly correct. Sorry about the confusion. It is just a shared printer and I can access shared folders just fine, I just cannot used the shared printer.

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If the other wasn't a mac

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I could probably be of more help but shared printers require proper drivers on all that use it. There is also sometimes an issue as to which one does the spooling. Mixed Windows OSs can be made to share a printer but the drivers will differ from one operating system to another. So, you can't expect a Windows XP system to be able to handle incoming printer data from a mac. You could probably get a true network printer that was compatible with various operating systems because the print data goes to it more directly.

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In addition

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you never stated what make and model the printer was.


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Its a canon pixma ip6700d.

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Did you

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try the instructions from here?


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Buy a simple USB-switch (like on and use it to connect the printer to both PC's. Of course, this only is feasible if the PC and the Mac are relatively close to each other.


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