Mac peripherals forum: Print servers - Multiple Printers - Two Operating Systems

by: JessGless June 25, 2012 10:17 AM PDT

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Print servers - Multiple Printers - Two Operating Systems

by JessGless - 6/25/12 10:17 AM

I have two systems, a Mac and a Win system as shown below and am trying to get this set up to where I can print to either Printer from either System.

MAC Mini w/OS X 10.6.8 & 4 GB Ram
HP Pavillion P6000 Series w/WIN7 Pro & 8 GBd Ram
HP Officejet 6310 All In One (on Ethernet presently)
Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer (on Ethernet Presently)

I've been struggling with one system corrupting the print routine of the other system when I try a Print job. I either wait a very, very long time to get a simple page printed OR I get many garbage partial pages, all starting at the beginning of the first page, over and over again.

I have come to the conclusion that a Print Server might be the answer to my problem - but, I don't know much about them either.

I know I'll have to set at least one IP address, which is no problem. I just don't want something that is going to take weeks to get up and running.

Would anyone out there have a suggestion for having these systems and printers to work together without too much of a problem AND that will not break an old retired dude's budget?

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