The impossible dream of sharing my Canon printer between a Mac and a PC
April 24, 2006 8:15 PM Subscribe
I think I just need a USB switch.
Simple solution needed for sharing my new Canon printer (working wonderfully with my Windows 98 SE machine) with my true love's Mac OS X (10.3...) machine.
posted by amtho to computers & internet (9 answers total)
True networking seems to be out - the drivers aren't there, and Canon isn't playing nice with the open-source crowd. We got a Belkin switch (F1U201), but it only supports OS X up to 10.2 - tried it anyway, doesn't work. Need a simple, cheap, probably mechanical USB switch. Want something that will definitely work as we're all tired of messing with the printer setup. Anyone dealt with this?
I still like the Canon printer, even in the face of their annoying driver proprietariness, because of the cool every-color-ink-in-its-own-cartridge system they have (and other things); less waste. And I love the printer now; it's been three days and I think we've bonded.
I looked around through Google, found newegg.com and sewelldirect.com (among others, naturally), but none of the switches I found there looked that good; I looked at the manufacturer site for one brand and it looks like communication is not their top priority, plus people were not reviewing this product well. IOGear looks pretty good, but if it is good, from whom should I purchase?
I'm tired of sifting; I've been looking for over an hour for a simple thingamajig that should probably cost $20-$40, maybe less. Has anyone solved this problem? Am I going about it the wrong way?
We had a print server before; it won't work with this setup (it had parallel ports), plus my guy says he looked into the drivers (alluded to above) and network printing isn't supported.
The printer is a Canon Pixma iP5200, if that matters to anyone.