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Archived - LaserWriter 12/640 PS: Network LaserWriter Sharing

I have an Apple LaserWriter printer that supports TCP/IP, a Power Macintosh computer, and two PC computers running Windows 95. I would like to connect all of these items on 10BaseT Ethernet so that all the computers can print over Ethernet. I found that I cannot see the printer with the Windows 95 computers, but I am able to print from the Macintosh computer just fine.
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Although Windows 95 offers built-in peer-to-peer networking via TCP/IP, IPX, and NetBEUI protocols, there are no built-in services for network printing without a print server or additional printing software.

Macintosh computers have built-in peer-to-peer networking as well as printing services via the AppleTalk and TCP/IP (LPR) protocols.

Workaround
Connect one of the PC computers directly to the LaserWriter using a parallel connection, then use Windows 95 print sharing to make the printer available over the network. The computer would be acting as a print server, handling all PC traffic going to the printer. Because the LaserWriter 12/640, LaserWriter 16/600 PS, LaserWriter 16/660 PS, LaserWriter 8500, Color LaserWriter 12/600 PS, and Color LaserWriter 12/660 PS can have a concurrent Ethernet and parallel connection, a Macintosh computer can continue to print directly to these printers over Ethernet (without having to go through the PC computer).

Other alternatives such as CopsTalk from Cops, Inc. and PC MACLAN for Windows 95 from Miramar Systems, Inc., provide AppleTalk protocol services for Windows 95 clients. Installation of either of these third party alternatives provides access to AppleTalk network printer services without the need of a print server or printer sharing via direct serial connection.

Lastly, LPR client software for Windows can be used to print over TCP/IP to LaserWriter printers that support TCP/IP. Some LPR clients are commercially available; however, Apple does not have any specific product recommendations. Some LPR clients are available as shareware and freeware, as well.

Mention of third-party products is for informational purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the performance or use of these products.
Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
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