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Old Nov 29th, 2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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How do I network an ethernet printer with no ethernet

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We just moved to a new house which does not have any ethernet. We are supposed to rely on WiFi.

Our Brother laser printer only talks via ethernet. My hope is I can connect the printer to my iMac with an ethernet cable and continue using it.

It appears to not be that simple.

My iMac will not talk to the printer because we are no longer connected to the Apple Router via ethernet cables. I think I somehow need to tell my iMac what the address (???) is for the
printer but have no idea what the settings might be.

Any assistance you can provide will be appreciated.
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Old Nov 29th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #2
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Easiest way is to plug the printer into the AirPort via ethernet. There are a myriad of other devices that will bridge the two, but that will be the simplest. If your AirPort isn't in a good location for the printer, you can buy another AirPort (regular or Express) to join the network and share the connection over ethernet.

You could share the wireless connection from your iMac to the ethernet port on the iMac, but that feature has always been iffy at best.
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It can probably work with a direct ethernet cable connection from your iMac to your printer.

Go to System Preferences, and then select Network. Select your ethernet port from the menu on the left, and then select "Using DHCP" from the configuration dropdown. Then click on the "Apply" button.

Now go back to System Preferences and select Print & Fax. Add a new printer, and hopefully your Brother will show up in the list.

DHCP is what's normally used for internet connections, and should work to automatically configure the network connection to the printer. In the old days you'd have to use a crossover ethernet cable if you were connecting devices directly, but most modern computers will autosense the ethernet port connection and change it as appropriate, so a regular ethernet cable should work.

The System Preference setting I described are for Snow Leopard. They might be slightly different in newer versions of OSX, but it should be generally similar.
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It can probably work with a direct ethernet cable connection from your iMac to your printer.

Go to System Preferences, and then select Network. Select your ethernet port from the menu on the left, and then select "Using DHCP" from the configuration dropdown. Then click on the "Apply" button.

Now go back to System Preferences and select Print & Fax. Add a new printer, and hopefully your Brother will show up in the list.

DHCP is what's normally used for internet connections, and should work to automatically configure the network connection to the printer. In the old days you'd have to use a crossover ethernet cable if you were connecting devices directly, but most modern computers will autosense the ethernet port connection and change it as appropriate, so a regular ethernet cable should work.

The System Preference setting I described are for Snow Leopard. They might be slightly different in newer versions of OSX, but it should be generally similar.
I have used the direct ethernet cable system on several Mac systems over the years - successfully! - with Brother and HP printers both.

You should clear all existing printers in the appropriate preference pane in "System Preferences" and definet the printer anew with the new physical connection in place.

There is no reason for this not to work assuming the e'net cable is not faulty.
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Alternatively, if you have an Airport Express, and the printer is USB, you may be able to share it using the Express' USB port.
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Also, depending on the age of the equipment and Mac and OS in use, when using a direct ethernet cable connection, one may need to use a "gaming" or "X-Over" ethernet cable between the Mac and printer. But that requirement is/was pretty old.

Or as already mentioned, why not just re-connect the Apple Router via ethernet cables that was used before the move???

That should enable your own ethernet LAN.

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Or try with a USB WiFi dongle printer adapter instead, e.g.:

Wireless USB Printer Adapter | eBay

BTW: which Brother printer are we talking about? I cannot imagine any printer being Ethernet only. Surely it must have a USB-B port somewhere?
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BTW: which Brother printer are we talking about? I cannot imagine any printer being Ethernet only. Surely it must have a USB-B port somewhere?
I was wondering about that myself. If not some wireless capabilities as well…
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No wireless is no wonder with some older printers.

No USB-B would be a wonder to me with any relatively recent printer on the planet...

Hell yeah, we're not talking localtalk Apple NT or NTX printers here anymore, are we?

Let's just wait for an answer from the OP. Bet we come up with a solution/ workaround.
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Also, depending on the age of the equipment and Mac and OS in use, when using a direct ethernet cable connection, one may need to use a "gaming" or "X-Over" ethernet cable between the Mac and printer. But that requirement is/was pretty old.

Or as already mentioned, why not just re-connect the Apple Router via ethernet cables that was used before the move???

That should enable your own ethernet LAN.
That's what I ended up doing so I could print the necessary Occupancy Certificate for our new home. I would like to have the printer with my iMac instead of in the closet with the router and modem.

However I have not been able to connect the printer to my iMac. It begins to connect when powered on then disconnects. I tried to allow the iMac to set its automatic IP address and then manually set the IP for the printer so it was compatible. I also tried to manually set both IP's. I have an older Apple router but its still packed away in a storage locker.
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