Mac Printer Sharing for OS X 10.5


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Printer Sharing Basics

Home offices are on the rise as the current economy transforms working situations. There is a growing need to create a functional yet flexible office solution, and a variety of ways you can setup a printer on a home office network starting with purchasing a all-in-one laser or inkjet printer with Ethernet. This is the optimal solution for managing your home office needs and allows many users to share one locally networked printer. Setting up these printers is easy on a Apple or PC based network using a DHCP. If budget is dictating what you can and can’t do when setting up your network solution then using USB Print Sharing with either a Macintosh computer or a Airport Extreme Base Station might be your next best bet. Both work very well as a Mac printer sharing solution as the next best option to having your Macintosh computer directly connected to the printer. When using the USB Printer as your Mac OSX printer you will need to have the computer on whenever you print. This becomes a problem if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to boot up the other computer. I am going to cover both USB Print Sharing using a Desktop/Laptop and Airport Extreme.

Macintosh Desktop or Laptop using OS 10.5

To use print sharing on a local network you will need a host Mac with 10.2.3 or later installed that has a USB printer attached, router (either an Airport Extreme or similar) and a second computer that will be sharing the connected printer. Assuming that your router and USB printer connections have been made and and setup correctly please follow the next few steps to configure your Mac:

  1. 1. Launch the System Preference.
  2. 2. In the second row select Printer & Fax.
  3. 3. Select your already installed Printer.
  4. 4. Next to the printer icon and under the name there is a empty checkbox. Check Share this Printer.

Now go to the second Mac and launch System Preferences.

  1. 1. In the second row select Printer & Fax.
  2. 2. Click the “+” to add a new printer.
  3. 3. In the Printer Select Dialog find the printer name that is listed under Kind as Shared Printer.
  4. 4. Make sure you have the appropriate drivers installed.
  5. 5. Follow the prompts to add the printer as you normally would.



AirPort Extreme Print Sharing

Setting up Print Sharing using your AirPort Extreme Base Station is a bit more involved and but requires less components and is always ready. [Note: Some Mac OS X compatible printers might not work as base station printers and you will have to have Mac OS 10.2.3 installed or later and a 802.11g based AirPort Extreme. ]

Setting up the Base Station

  1. 1. Go to Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility.
  2. 2. Select AirPort and Click Manual if you already have set it up.
  3. 3. On the top menu you options are AirPort, Internet, Printers, Advanced. Select Printers.
  4. 4. Next to USB Printers you should see your printers make and model.
  5. 5. Check Share printers over WAN.
  6. 6. Click Update.

Setting up your Mac

  1. 1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. 2. In the second row select Printer & Fax.
  3. 3. Click the “+” to add a new printer.
  4. 4. In the Printer Select Dialog find the printer name that is listed under Kind as Bonjour.
  5. 5. Make sure you have the appropriate drivers installed.
  6. 6. Follow the prompts to add the printer as you normally would.

That’s it! Now everyone can enjoy using your printer.

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1 Response » to “Mac Printer Sharing for OS X 10.5”

  1. bware says:

    Print options involving page orientation and tiling via Adobe applications are not recognized by some shared printers.

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