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Old Nov 30th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #11
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Gee 18m2, I just noticed that you're just across the Inlet from me.

But so we can help a bit better, can you provide the model of the Brother printer and the OS X version you're running.




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Old Nov 30th, 2016, 11:03 PM   #12
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Questions, 18m2:

- what Brother printer do you have? Which Mac?

- have you tried to switch on "printer sharing" in System Preferences?

Probably no need for a crossover cable; for the last 10 years or so, Macs have been auto-negotiating over Ethernet.

- have you sought for a possible USB(-B) connection?

Otherwise, refer to manual:
https://www.brother-usa.com/VirData/...DW_EN_2639.PDF
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 10:38 PM   #13
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Gee 18m2, I just noticed that you're just across the Inlet from me.

But so we can help a bit better, can you provide the model of the Brother printer and the OS X version you're running.




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Just a ferry ride away. We moved a week ago from Delta and really like this area.

I have a 27 inch iMac, mid 2011 running Mac OS 10.12.1. The printer is a Brother laser printer model MFC-7840W

I'd like to be able to share the printer with my wife's iMac and my MacBook and have that option turned on.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 10:42 PM   #14
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Questions, 18m2:

- have you sought for a possible USB(-B) connection?

Otherwise, refer to manual:
https://www.brother-usa.com/VirData/...DW_EN_2639.PDF
How does the USB thing work? There are only 2 connections available on the printer ... ethernet and a telephone jack for faxing.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 11:24 PM   #15
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I'd like to be able to share the printer with my wife's iMac and my MacBook and have that option turned on.


Man, you've got all kinds of options with that AIO Brother MFC-7840W!!!


Wireless, Ethernet, and USB interfaces‡. You can print, scan or send faxes wirelessly as well as the option to install the MFC on a wired network or to connect locally to a single computer via USB.
Brother MFC-7840W | All in One Wireless Printer

Next step:
http://download.brother.com/welcome/...usaeng_qsg.pdf

Then goto page 29 and checkout the USB setup which it sure seems to have.

But I'd check out it's wireless setup and options which it also seems capable of. Seems like a nice and very capable unit.

I might even have a suggestion to use the old free "HandyPrint" and enable air printing for any others like your wife to access it wirelessly!!!

BTW: I also use a Mid-2011 27" iMac, but mainly use Mavericks.

Anyway, that's enough for tonight for me.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2016, 11:27 PM   #16
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How does the USB thing work? There are only 2 connections available on the printer ... ethernet and a telephone jack for faxing.

Not according to the manual.

See my post above as for USB setup. Or some info is a bit goofy somewhere…

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I used to own a MFC-7840W. Definitely has USB, it's not obvious though. The actual port isn't on the back of the machine, it's behind a panel. Can't remember where though.

It does have Wifi as well, but it's not AirPrint.
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How does the USB thing work? There are only 2 connections available on the printer ... ethernet and a telephone jack for faxing.
Perhaps there are different models of the MFC-7840W, with the design changing by year?

Because from what I can find via Google and the product's own manual, the USB port is right above the Ethernet port on the rear-right:

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There is no USB port on the printer. The back of the printer has 2 phone jacks and an ethernet port on the lower right. It must be an earlier model or maybe it's one with limited hardware. The manual makes no mention of being able to AirPrint nor use of WiFi nor use of a USB connection. It looks like it's ethernet or nada.

I have had some success on getting my iMac to print via the ethernet cable connection. I reset the printer to factory settings because I thought I likely had things pretty screwed up. After allowing the printer to set up it's own defaults it now prints.

I want to thank everyone for your help. The ehmac community is a great resource,
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Huh. How odd. If the model number is correct... then (if you're interested in pursuing this ) perhaps check the manufacture date and/or provide the serial number for those of us who can't let go of the bone....
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