Considering D-Link’s failure to provide OS X support on networking printers with their DI-534UP router (their manual lacks the info.), I struggled to network a HP PSC 1610 All-In-One with a D-Link DI-524UP router. I’m glad to write that I was successful. Googling didn’t help, seems there aren’t a lot of articles on how to network a printer with OS X (Tiger [what I’m running] or any other version).
Perhaps most OS X users are only too happy to use the Airport Extreme Base Station (an expensive router for dummies), or whatever the almighty Jobs tells them they should buy. Anyway, I got my set-up working just fine with a little elbow grease. The keys to making it work is knowing the router’s private IP, the printer’s queue name, and using LPD (not IPP, nor HP Jet Direct-Socket).
You can do the same in eight easy steps. Do so at your own discretion.
- Plug the USB printer into the powered router.
- Turn the printer on.
- Start OS X’s Print Set-up Utility (found in Utilities).
- Select the utility “Add” button.
- Select Line Printer Daemon (LPD) from within the utility.
- Identify the router’s IP, via the router’s web-interface (using a browser). Connecting to the router via http://192.168.0.1 and looking under Home (top tab) Lan (side column) … gives the router’s private IP. Punch it in to the appropriate box.
- Identify the queue via the router’s web-interface (using a browser), probably lp1 or lp (or whatever your router labels it). Status (top tab) … Printer Info (side column) gives the queue name. Punch in the queue into the appropriate box.
- Select the appropriate printer driver.
Congrats, you’re done!
Just another note, the printer driver identified when the printer was installed directly to my computer did not show up on the (“network”) list of drivers. Luckily, Gimp-Print v. 5.0.0-beta2 provides a pre-installed HP Desktop 1600C driver that works. You can’t network the scanner bit on this printer, if someone is wondering.
Hmm, it feels as though D-Link should pay me for writing a set-up document for their hardware, since I did their work for them. And you didn’t have to pay for a fancy looking over-priced base station to network your old printer, either.
March 10, 2011
- There finally is some Mac OS X documentation available from D-Link, if you can believe it. And they start it off this way, “There is no software for network printing available for Macintosh”. There’s a PDF they’ve made available at <ftp://files.dlink.com.au/products/!Print_Servers/LAN_printing_MacOS.pdf>. The set-up looks old, and why they didn’t make it obvious and thus reasonably accessible before (I’d never seen it before today) who knows? There is also a quick instruction guide at <http://support.dlink.com.au/Default.asp> under DI/524UP/go!/Printer Server/Macintosh>.
- My router is coming to the end of its life, as the USB print feature no longer works. I keep on getting the following error. “Remote host did not accept control file. “If you’re still having problems after updating the firmware, it may simply be on its way to the other side as mine is.
At some point I found an informative (and approachable) but always verbose writer that had written something on the matter, at <http://www.macwrite.com/criticalmass/di-704p-with-mac-os-x.php>, from which I ascertained the IP needed, although the article does not leave room for a variety of queue name possibilities. I think I clued into the proper protocol being LPD while reading the Windows-centric D-Link manual located at <ftp://files.dlink.com.au/products/DI-524UP/Manuals>.
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