Mac OSX printers… connecting to consumer network printers

Back in March 2007, I posted about The Sad State of Mac OSX Printer Drivers. I’m sad to say that little has changed. Even noted computer experts like Leo Laporte seem to be unaware that this is an issue with Apple and the printer manufacturers.

In hour three of Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy radio show on Sunday 13 January 2008 (episode 422), a caller says she was unable to print to her Canon Pixma printer from her Mac when the printer is on the network. She is able to print when she connects the printer directly to the Mac.

Q Verit – Print server not working

You need to add it as an IP Printer. Then you find out the IP of the Printer and then put that into the Mac’s and other Windows Machine.

The Mac comes with Direct Print drivers, however you need network drivers for that Canon printer. You can use Unix drivers, but it’s not worth it. You’ll probably just want to get a Canon for the mac.

Canon just doesn’t believe that Apple users have network printers that are either connected to a Windows box or a print server.

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