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Seeking help with wireless printing

by Jonhhunt / April 23, 2008 10:48 PM PDT

I have a laptop running XP Professional. My desktop is an iMac with the latest version of the Mac OS. I have a dlink di524 router connected to the iMac.

I connect wirelessly with the laptop. I can print directly from the laptop to a Epson Stylus C88 when I plug it directly into the laptop.

Is it possible to print wirelessly from my laptop?

I do have sharing turned on in the printer preferences on the iMac.

Thanks for any assistance.

In the unlikely event that it helps I also have Parallel software running on the iMac.


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Hmmm, yet another wireless printing problem with
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 11:56 AM PDT

a DLink router as the central point.

I wonder, have you spoken to D-Link about this problem?

There is a distinct possibility that the Dlink Di524 does not support wireless printing.

It would be worth a phone call to find out


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by Jonhhunt / April 24, 2008 10:25 PM PDT

I haven't talked to dlink, but I suspect you are correct. I will follow that track.


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I own the 524.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 12:38 PM PDT

This router does not have a printer server in it. However you may want to have the Mac serve up the printer rather than have the router try to do that.

I can state with authority that the 524 would not stop such print sharing over wifi.

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by Jonhhunt / April 24, 2008 8:47 PM PDT
In reply to: I own the 524.

Thanks, but what do you mean by have the mac serve? Can you point me to documentation to tell me how to do that?

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Go to System Preferences
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 9:46 PM PDT
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Sharing Pane and check the box marked Printer Sharing.

You should see all the Printers that are physically connected to your Mac, in the Pane on the right.

Check the box next to the printer and you are done.

That printer is now shared and "should" show up on the Wireless machine. You will still need the printer software installed on the receiving Mac.


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Bonjour is the software you need to install on your PC
by easyed51 / April 25, 2008 5:06 PM PDT

Click this hyperlink or copy and paste this address to your PC's web browser and download.

About Bonjour
Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers.

System requirements
Bonjour requires Windows 2000/2003, Windows XP or Windows Vista. Make sure you have the latest Service Pack installed for your computer using Windows Update.

At this Apple support page, you can download Bonjour to your PC. You'll also have to enable Printer Sharing on you iMac's Sharing Preference Pane and, perhaps, tweak the iMac Firewall in the iMac's Security Preference Pane.

The Apple discussions and support have excellent step by step articles. I've done it.

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by Jonhhunt / April 25, 2008 8:30 PM PDT

Thanks. I'll give it a try.

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Is it possible to print wirelessly from my laptop
by shengja / May 7, 2008 11:35 AM PDT

If the home PC is hooked up to the wireless router and turned on then you can share the printer, so that you can print wirelessly using your laptop, if you already have a home network setup, then right click the printer icon on the home PC and click sharing, from that point you can share the printer, you will need to give it a name also.

Good day,
brochure printing

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"PC centric" response misses the question
by easyed51 / May 7, 2008 1:17 PM PDT

The questioner has the iMac tethered by ethernet to his wireless router. The PC is wirelessly connected to the a home network.

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shengja - That link in your post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2008 8:53 PM PDT

Is not on topic in your other post and why I removed your post there.

Do not use the forums to advertise or your posts shall vanish.

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Other option
by vrod2003 / May 8, 2008 11:40 PM PDT

I hope the solutions offered worked out for you. I have a MacPro and MacBook Pro as well as a HP and Toshiba laptop connected to my DLink DIR-655 Wireless N & Gigabit Router. To handle the printer serving function I explored a number of software options including Bonjour, but had some firewall issues on the PC's and saw an increase in the number of attacks on the router. It made no sense to me, but it went away when I got rid of the software.

I bought and installed the DLink DPR-1260 Wireless Printer Server. It works like a charm.

Good luck.

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