wireless printing to network printer

wireless printing to network printer

Post by camd » Thu, 17 Aug 2006 12:46:10

I just bought a Brother MFC7820n which has network capabilities. I
have a wireless network with one PC desktop and a Mac PowerBook. I
currently have the printer connected to the PC via USB and shared over
the network. I'd like to expand my network, and move the printer to a
central location. How can I send print jobs to the printer without
having the printer connected to a computer? The printer has network
capabilities, so I don't think I need a print server. Is there an
access point/router that the printer can use to receive print jobs???

wireless printing to network printer

Post by TKnTexa » Thu, 17 Aug 2006 13:56:26

Most printer companies tend to make the set up software geared to the
Windows machines. Once the initial installation is complete the Macs
can access the printers. Did you get set up instructions/software for
Windows only, or did it include Mac setup?

I have looked at this printer and I am considering it. Since it has
ethernet built in to it, it would have to have the print server built
in as well. I have looked at several printer servers to connect
printers directly by ethernet. Several came configured with an IP
address built in that is accessed via browser, regardless of OS.


wireless printing to network printer

Post by camd » Fri, 18 Aug 2006 04:22:41

The printer comes with Mac and PC drivers. You're right, it does have
the print server built into it, but not the wireless capability, which
is what I'm trying to get.

wireless printing to network printer

Post by TKnTexa » Fri, 18 Aug 2006 12:02:38

Ok.. outline you setup. I have wireless and wired and I print to a
printer wirelessly even though the printer is not wireless.

DSL > Router/Firewall with 4ports. Two ports to desktop computers and
one port to my Airport Express for wireless service.

If I had the network printer you have (I wish) I would plug it into the
free port on my router. I would use the XP computer setup to do the
set up (for some reason set up is easier from XP).

In my situation I am printer to a USB printer connected to my XP. I
reach it wirelessly through the network.

Once you do the setup from a wired computer, you follow all the other
instructions to connect to it as if it was wired. There really isn't
much difference at that point.

wireless printing to network printer

Post by Misifu » Fri, 20 Oct 2006 08:30:16

My network printer is hardwired to my router. It doesn't have to be
connected to a computer, but it does have to connect to the router. My
router (Airport Extreme) doesn't provide for wireless printer connection.


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