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Author Topic: Printer Sharing with a Windows machine?  (Read 1972 times)

retired1af

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Printer Sharing with a Windows machine?
« on: September 14, 2010, 02:33:15 pm »

I know this thread ( http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=7005.0 ) showed how to do this using the VL machine as host and then connecting to that via the Windows machine, but has anyone done this in the reverse? I have a Windows XP machine with a Canon i860 attached to it. I've opened sharing on that PC for printing, but a bit unsure on how to tell the VL machine to connect to it.

Should I be attempting to do this via SAMBA?
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Re: Printer Sharing with a Windows machine?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2010, 03:42:15 pm »

I think that you need to use CUPS and add (set up) a network printer on your VL machine.  I'm sure other issues will arise as you delve into this a bit, but nothing too troublesome.
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Re: Printer Sharing with a Windows machine?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010, 03:58:09 pm »

Ahhh. I'll give that a shot. Yeah, the driver issue will be somewhat entertaining, but shouldn't be too difficult.   ;D
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Re: Printer Sharing with a Windows machine?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 05:12:23 pm »

I'm doing something of the sort - I have an Amahi server (provides DHCP, DNS, file shares, plus applications) which has my Brother laser printer connected. Since Amahi is largely aimed at home users with Windows boxes hanging off it, it provides printer sharing via Samba. I initially had a few problems getting my Linux machines to find the printer, partially because I didin't find the Cups help very helpful....

First thing to do is use smbtree from a Linux machine to find out what the share looks like to the network. Then use Cups to add a printer, usiing 'smb://<sever-name>/<printer-name>'. That will allow you to send print jobs to the printer on the Windows machine. To get the best results, you really want the correct driver for the printer on you Linux machine as well. In my case, that was easy - the Brother is a postscript printer, so there are native drivers which work well with it. Depending on the printer, you may find it a bit more difficult to get optimium print results.

Paul.
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