I called Apple Support today to ask them this question, and they tried selling me $500 worth of Airport equipment.. but i know there has to be a better way.. and cheaper. When i asked him that, he said, it's not that easy. here is the question... (simple i thought, but maybe not)
I am running OS X 10.4.5 on both my G4 and G5. I have a Brother MFC8440 printer, and it is connected via USB on the G5. Clear across the building i have the G4, and a hub for the interenet. The internet goes from the modem and then to the hub. I have both the G4 and G5 ethernet connected to the hub. yes, the g4 has a 100 foot ethernet cable running the length of the building... hey, it's worked for years. Anyway, I am able to use both computers to get online. I am pretty much a pro on OS 9, but just switched to OS X, so the new system is pretty unclear to me. So, since the G5 is directly connected to the printer, i turned on printer sharing on the G5, and then the Brother printer pops up, i share it. tried printing something... all is good.
Now when i go to the G4, i can not get the printer to show up when i click the add printer button. I would think it would connect via the network. I can open the G5 hard drive from the G4, so i know they are communicating. But i can not get the printer to show up. I tried connecting via IP, but i can not figure it out. Sometimes when i click on add printer, something flashes there for a milisecond, but disappears... i swear its the printer, but it vanishes too quick to be sure. I know on OS 9, i just used USB Printer Sharing utility, and the job was done!
Any suggestions? I searched eveywhere online for a solution. Semms extremely basic... so i am hoping someone here can answer my question
I am having the same problem.It worked before, but quit when I had a paper jam in the printer. I have a G5 iMac and aG4 iMac connected with an ethernet cable and an Epson 820 printer. Maybe someone could give us some detailed directions as to how to set the various printer and network options so that we can access our printers from both computers.