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Hi. Hope this is the right place to post this...

I am having problems adding a network printer and need some advice.

I have a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4
It's wired to a Linksys router (BEFSR41 v3)
Also on that router I have a D-Link printer server (DP-300U)
Attached to the printer server on LPT2 is my old pal an HP 6P

The printer server is talking to the printer because I can get it to send a test page to the printer using its web browser config IP address. Obviously the router is talking to the printer server because I can access the server via the network. Problem is that I cannot figure out how to add a printer on my computer such that it will work properly. When ever I print the print job just hangs.

I have tried
1) selecting the printer from the Default Browser trying (a) AppleTalk (b) Bonjour and (c) selecting "More Printers" (using HP IP printing and manually specifying the IP address) but it does not locate the printer server
2) selecting IP Printer using each of the 3 protocols, providing the address and queue
... but none of this gets my printer working.

Oh yeah Apple Care can't/won't assist because there are too many 3rd party boxes between the MacBook and the printer.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks.
Ross.
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Is the HP 6P network capable - why not hang it off the router - mine is with a fixed IP. You have cascading "routers" and it is confused unless the HP 6P is controlled by the Server. What function does the Server perform for the HP 6P?
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no the printer is not network ready itself.
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It looks from the Dlink site it has an Appletalk interface and IP. Check the settings on the box. How about setting up the "printer" to be the IP of the Dlink? The Printer server is suppose to be emulating the printer attached - probably there is a piece of software to install. Try reading the specs here
http://support.dlink.com/emulators/dp300u/tools.htm

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=166
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Success! I had to set the queue simply to "LPT1" and then install a driver from Gutenprint (formerly Gimp Print) and select that when adding the printer.
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