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Hooking a printer to a Mac via ethernet


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 04 2009 - 01:25 AM

Ever since I installed Snow Leopard my printer has stopped
working via its ethernet connection.   I chose an ethernet
connection (hooked through my router) because I had 25' of
cable that I was able to move the printer to the other end of
the room.

It worked perfectly under 10.5 but stopped once I upgraded
to Snow Leopard.

Now that I have switched back to 10.5 (through a backup
restore) the printer still does not want to work through ethernet.

I did try plugging it in via USB and reinstalling the printer.
It worked fine with the USB connection.  When the printer
installed it even said USB connection in the printer properties.

So, how do I take that USB based connection and switch
it so it will work through the ethernet?


Thanks in advance for your help.

 

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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted September 04 2009 - 03:18 AM

Does the printer have drivers to auto configure it? I thought in10.5, I used HP's driver to install our networked laser printer.

Can you manually configure it with Printer preferences? In 10.6, I manually configured the HP. I had to type in its IP address in the add-printer tool; the IP address was gotten from the printer's configuration menu.


#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 05 2009 - 01:28 AM

 I was able to successfully add the printer in part due to 
David's suggestions.

Kind of weird how it worked, though.

I added the printer using the IP address shown on the printer.

However, the protocol was HP JET DIRECT which I never
heard of, but the last choice in the list of 3 options.  That's the
one that worked so I used it.

Anyone know what HP JET DIRECT protocol is?

 

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