Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Absolute Easiest Way To Have PCs Use Printers That Are Connect To Macs via USB

After purchasing and connecting a new Samsung laser printer, I decided to move some of the USB connected printers to different locations where the Macs were located so the Macs would share the USB printers.

What should have been brain dead easy, was now an exercise in getting these low level authentication errors:

After googling around for the above text and seeing lots of complicated solutions or folks just ranting, I ran upon an off hand comment that got my attention.

The post was on getting printers to work for both Macs and PCs - no matter which direction and it went it to great detail on user security settings on both Windows and Mac OS X, but at the end of this long post, there was an off hand update that basically said, "unless you just want to use bonjour from Apple to do the same thing."

So, I googled around again and it turns out that this person was referring to:

                     Bonjour Print Services for Windows v2.0.2

 As it says at Apple for the description:

"Bonjour Print Services for Windows lets you discover and configure Bonjour-enabled printers from your Windows computer using the Bonjour Printer Wizard.
Use Windows Update to make sure you have the latest Service Pack installed for your computer.

Printer requirements
Bonjour Print Services works with either:
* network printers over Wi-Fi or Ethernet
* USB printers shared via a Mac or an AirPort base station"

 This is ABSOLUTELY the way to go when you have your PCs easily talk to printers that are connected directly to a Mac.   Of course, you need to remember to share the printers on the Mac side to everyone.

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