Sometimes connecting your Mac to a Windows shared printer may not work properly, in which case you can try using the LPD protocol instead.
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Often when people have Macs and PCs on the same network, they share resources like printers. While OS X should connect and print to printers shared on Windows machines, sometimes this does not work as expected and the printers either will not show up or will refuse to accept a print job.
When this happens troubleshooting can be tricky, especially since you may have to adjust multiple configuration options to get things working as expected. To overcome instances where Windows networking does not allow for you to print, one option is to use the Unix-native Line Printer Daemon LPD protocol for printing to the Windows machine.
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By default Windows does not come with support for sharing printers via LPD, so you will need to install it by following this procedure Windows XP. At this point the system will install the print services, so follow any onscreen instructions to complete the task. Then ensure that the Windows printer is shared, and for compatibility ensure the printer name only contains alphanumeric characters with no spaces.
It will also help to get the Windows computer's IP address, which can be found by looking in the Network control panel, or by right-clicking the network system tray icon and getting properties.
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With the Windows system now set up to share using LPD, configure your Mac to connect to it by following these instructions:. Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer and click the Network option to browse computers on your local network. Double-click the printer to add and configure it. It will appear alongside your local printers in standard print dialogs.
You can also use the Add Printer dialog in the Devices and Printers pane.
It will scan for nearby printers and allow you to easily add them. Linux does work with Bonjour automatically, so only Windows will need any additional software to access such a printer.
Add the shared printer to your system and it will appear like any other local printer. Printers shared from Linux computers will be automatically detected and provided as options when printing. Right-click the printer in the list, select Properties, and click Policies.
Ensure the Shared box is checked so the printer will be shared. Click the Add button to add a new printer. Add the printer to your PC, configure its drivers, and it will appear as an available printer when printing from Linux applications. Modern printers often have built in Wi-Fi, so they can make themselves available to all the computers, smartphones, and tablets on a network without any complicated printer-sharing.
Wi-Fi printers are ideal if you want to share a printer without the hassle. Image Credit: William Hook on Flickr.
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