Printing from Mac through Windows Shared Printer

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    Mar 08, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm looking for help as to how I would go about printing from my new mac through my canon printer, which is connected to and shared from my windows desktop.

    Desktop - Windows 7 64bit
    Mac - OS X 10.6.6
    Printer - Canon MP280

    So far there is nothing showing up and no search options in the Mac "add printer" screen. Is it a case that I need to get mac drivers for my desktop? my laptop? both? or a 3rd party program? or undoable? The canon support guy said he had heard it was doable, but they do not offer support for such matters between 2 3rd party software vendors.

    Any info you could give would be excellent icon_smile.gif
  • needleninja

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    Mar 08, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    simple, flash drive, or if the printer has wireless than just connect to it.
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    Mar 08, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    Canon printers are usually compatible with Macs. How about installing the drivers on your Mac. When you need to print, just plug in via the USB connection.
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    Mar 08, 2011 7:45 AM GMT
    ssguy69 provided the best and obvious solution. Printing from your Mac through your Windows computer seems like a roundabout way of doing things. Just plug the printer directly into your Mac and install the drivers. Honestly, trying to share resources between Mac and Windows is a pain in the ass. Not really worth the trouble.

    If you're trying to avoid wires/cable/clutter, then you should look into getting a wifi router that has a built-in print server. That way, the printer plugs into the router and it's accessible by all computers in your network.
  • thebigtwist

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    Mar 08, 2011 8:20 AM GMT
    Try -- you might have more luck there.

    Usually Bonjour doesn't work if Windows is the Server/Host, only if Windows is the Client. That's been my experience, so the solution is = don't go through Bonjour.

    Try this article: I haven't tried it myself, seeing as I'm working solely on a MacBook right now, but the theory seems correct.
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    Mar 08, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Networking MacOSX with Windows7 Ultimate eventually led me to replace the windows box with a second iMac. It was somewhat successful but never stopped having strange problems. Things were probably a lot better under XP.

    If your Canon has a built in ethernet port, plug it into your router. The Mac will find it. Under System Preferences / Print&Fax, you will see it listed under printers. If you do not, click on the plus sign.

    If you do not have an ethernet port on your router, you will need to find a guide somewhere. It will probably involve setting your windows print driver to sharing, setting up a windows home network, and connecting your Mac to that network. Good luck. But this can be tricky, and don't expect Windows to cooperate as instructed.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Mar 09, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    Windows and Mac don't play well together, however you can definitely do this.

    I'm not at my home pc so I can't give you a step by step method but go to Printers (in windows), right-click on your printer, go to the "Sharing" tab, and click "share this printer"

    You might have to enable file/print sharing in Windows as well, but I can't remember where it would be. On your mac it's under "Sharing"

    Once you've got your printer on your network you should be able to add it to your mac. Only caveat is that your host computer will always need to be on for this to work.

    And I completely agree with Nivek - the retarded issues that popped up trying to network Mac/Windows led me to wipe Windows and go Linux.

    So much easier, less hair-pulling