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How To / Setting Up Your Printer on a Network

For Macintosh Users

Setting up your printer as shared printer
Accessing the printer through a network

This section tells you how to set up the printer so that you can use it on an AppleTalk network. By setting up your printer as a shared printer, your local printer is connected to the network and can be used by other computers.

First, you need to setup the printer as a shared printer on the computer to which the printer is connected. Then, you must specify the network path to the printer from each computer that will use it, and install the printer software on those computers.

Setting up your printer as shared printer

Follow these steps to share a printer connected directly to your computer with other computers on an AppleTalk network.

Turn on the printer.

Choose Chooser from the Apple menu and click the printer's icon. Then select the port to which the printer is connected.

Click the Setup button. The following dialog box appears.

Select the Share this Printer check box, then type the printer name and password information as needed.

Click OK. The name of the shared printer appears in the port list in the Chooser.

Close the Chooser.


Accessing the printer through a network

To access your printer from another computer on the network, follow these steps.

Turn on your printer.

On each computer from which you want to access the printer, choose Chooser from the Apple menu. Then click your printer's icon and select the printer port you want to use from the Select a printer port box on the right. You can only select from the printers connected to your current AppleTalk zone.

If the following dialog box appears, enter the password for the printer, then click OK.

Select the appropriate Background Printing option button to turn background printing on or off.

Close the Chooser.