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Printing to Laserwriter through bridge and router (help!)

Postby Cayenne6 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:07 am

Hello everyone,

I've been running OS X for the past few years on a small home network and only yesterday added a laptop running Linux Mint 7 in the works. This is my first foray with Linux since using it many years ago with Yellow Dog Linux. Sadly, I've hit a bit of a snag in what has been, so far, a beautiful experience.

I have a router, a SMC Barricade, and attached to it is an old Mac G4, an Airport Base station, an Asante ethernet/localtalk bridge, and the Linux laptop. The Asante bridge connects the world of ethernet to the localtalk world of my trusty, even venerable, Apple Personal Laserwriter 320.

So, any Mac on the network has been able to access the Laserwriter 320, once Gutenprint was installed on them, that is. Even ones connecting by the Airport wifi method. There have been no problems.

I thought it would be a trivial matter for the Linux laptop to see it as well, as I thought similar technologies are at play. Apparently not.

The printer does not show up when searched for in the Printer configuration panel in Control Center. As this printer is not hooked directly to the laptop, but through a router, I reasoned it would be a network printer, and followed that option when it came to "select device".

Of the five network printer choices I don't think any of them really fit.

I do have the DHCP address of the bridge that the printer is attached to. Would I use that as the Host address? Doesn't work for IPP, HP Printer, AppSocket, or SMB, though. LPD/LPR at least lets me move forward with that information, all the way to printing a test page. But no page ever prints and I do get a popup error saying the printer may not be connected.

Any advice?

Would installing Gutenprint help?

I do have a ppd for the printer. Would I need to install Gutenprint in order for the laptop to see the printer, you think?
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Re: Printing to Laserwriter through bridge and router (help!)

Postby DrHu on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:21 am ... ne-volume/
I think the issue has to do with appletalk being the protocol for that printer
--if it had a tcp/ip address it would be simple, just use the IP address

You could try the Netatalk protocol, which is in synaptic
Netatalk is an implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite for
BSD-derived systems. The current release contains support for
EtherTalk Phase I and II, DDP, RTMP, NBP, ZIP, AEP, ATP, PAP, ASP, and
This package contains all daemon and utility programs as well as Netatalk's
static libraries.

And this, could also help ... _APPLETALK) ... 16472.html
--the asante appletalk<-->ethernet interface
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Re: Printing to Laserwriter through bridge and router (help!)

Postby altair4 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:06 am

Please add a [SOLVED] at the end of your original subject header if your question has been answered and solved.
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Re: Printing to Laserwriter through bridge and router (help!)

Postby Cayenne6 on Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:23 pm


Thank you for the links, guys, it has indeed worked! Netatalk was what was needed, as well as pap and that link altair4 provided to the ubuntu help forum wrapped everything up.

I'm looking at the print test page now. I think it's kinda neat I can still use a localtalk laser printer from 1993 using the old appletalk protocol to print with modern day Linux.

Thank you very much!
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