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Old Mar 7th, 2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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Ok I am trying to use my printer server with my MAC. It is the Dlink 713p wireless printer server router. Now, Dlink claims that there is no supported software to make the printer server work with mac, but I know you can manually do IP printing in MAC. The printer being networked is the Brother MFC-6800. Now, Brother is useless with MAC tech support so I have to come here. Here is the issue. If I use the printer via USB, the computer lets me ADD the printer no problem. However, when I go to add an IP printer, the printer is not in the list. I also can't have it autoselect. I want to MANUALLY select the printer driver location but I don't know where brother save's its drivers on my mac. Does anyone know what directory I should look in to get the directory. This would be the same directory I assume that my USB mode driver is installed. Any help would be appreciated.
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Unlike Windows there is no directory to go hunt for a driver or anything like that. The way it is handled is that when you choose IP Printing, you enter the IP Address, a Queue name, and then the Printer . You should find your printer under there as after all you can add it when you are connected to it via USB. Just look under Brother, as they both use the Driver list.

If it is still not there, download the latest drivers from Brother and install them. (Mac OS Drivers for your Printer)

I hope that helps some, as I've never had a problem adding an IP Printer.
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Old Mar 7th, 2004, 07:08 PM   #3
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Yea, see I have tired that. My printer doesn't get added to the list like it does in the USB. Well atleast you understand what my problem is. It took 10, reworded emails to Brother till they finally understood and said they couldn't help me.
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In IP printing, it lets me choose OTHER for my printer. In the other it tells me to select file... where would I find the file saved. If I go to the Brother list, my printer isn't there.
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try using the os 9 ppd, if available... or generic.

fyi, your printer needs to be postscript compatible for IP printing from the print server.
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Old Mar 7th, 2004, 09:29 PM   #6
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No wonder! I don't think this printer is Postscript compatible being a Laser Printer. That is probably why it doesn't recognize the driver.
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You might be able to get it connected using Gimp Print. This is open source Unix printer software that has generic drivers. Do a search here on ehMac since this has come up many times before. Or just do a google search for Gimp Print. Gimp Print can work with non-Postscript printers.
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How do I obtain Gimp Print. How do I set it up.
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you may find it easier to physically attach the printer via USB to a mac and then share the printer via OS X printer sharing

the router is useless with your printer and macs
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Old Mar 7th, 2004, 11:38 PM   #10
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Well it isn't useless with the printer. I have all my Windows machines using the printer via parallel through the router. The router printer sharing software is useless in MAC but that doesn't mean the IP printing is imcompatible. In fact, Dlink told me that I should be able to get it to work via standard IP printing, they just don't support it.

I considered running the USB cable, but it would be close to 20feet long and I don't know if the printer will work with the two extensions on it. Right now, I just carry my laptop into that room, and connect it to that printer. It's annoying though. Although, when I think about it, either way, I still have to walk to that room to get the print out of the printer. The only reason I am bothering to do this is because its a decent laser printer and its quicker than the bubble jet that I have sitting here.
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