We print over the network on any Windows printer

    If you have a printer connected to a Windows machine, then setting it up for network printing on a Mac is quite simple, even if there are no drivers for OSX for this printer.

    Three things are needed for this:
    • A printer that runs on a Windows machine
    • Ghostscript - PostScript printer emulator
    • RedMon - Redirection Port Monitor

    Download and install distributions.
    For convenience, descriptions and settings - install in the folder C: \ gs

    Setting up a virtual printer in Windows

    In my example, two printers without OSX drivers - a monochromatic, laser Samsung ML2250 and a color laser Konica 2400W. Let's start with the black and white Samsung.
    First, you need to create a configuration file for this printer, C: \ gs \ samsung.rsp , its contents: In the last line, you need to specify the exact name of the real printer installed and configured in the system (you can use spaces). For a monochrome printer, I added the line "-mono". Now you need to configure the virtual printer. To do this, run the standard wizard and add a new local printer: Select “Redirected Port” as the port: Wizard will create a new Redirect-port and offer to rename it, leave everything as it is:







    -sOutputFile="%printer%Samsung ML-2250"

    In the next step, you need to select the standard driver for the virtual printer, and the best set of drivers from Apple is best for this. Choosing a black and white laser printer. I selected "Apple LaserWriter 16/600 PS."

    We agree with the proposal to save the existing driver:

    Specify the name of the printer: You

    can immediately “share” the printer:

    Now you can specify additional data, for example, explain how to install the printer and which drivers to use for this:

    At this step, you do not need to print a test page:

    Printer installation is complete :

    Go to the settings of the received printer, on the “Ports” tab, select the newly created port “RPT1: Redirected Port”:

    Configure the port “RPT1: Redirected Port”:

    In the field "Redirect this port to the program" using "Browse" specify the path to gswin32c.exe , in our case it is C: \ gs \ gs8.64 \ bin \ gswin32c.exe

    in the line "Arguments for this program are:" specify the path to the printer settings file in the format Ghost: @C: \ gs \ samsung.rsp -

    Please note that it is very important not to forget to put a “space” and “-” after the file name.

    In the “Output” select, select “Copy temporary file to printer”.

    As “Printer” we select a real printer, in my case it is “Samsung ML-2250”.

    “Run” - “Hidden” - hide all dialogs and program windows.

    Feel free to click "OK"!

    This completes the configuration of the printer on the Windows machine, now you can check the redirect by printing a test page from the virtual printer settings panel.

    Printer Setup in Leopard

    Launch System Preferences and select Print & Fax.

    Both printers are already configured on my screenshot :) To configure another one, click “+” and select the connection by “IP”.

    “Protocol” - “Line Printer Daemon - LPD”

    “Address” - IP address of the Windows machine with the shared printer.

    “Name” - write the name for the printer.

    “Location” - the value indicated at the stage of setting up the Windows printer in the “Location” field (this is not a prerequisite, but more accurate).

    “Print Using” - “Select a driver to use” and using a convenient search, select “Apple LaserWriter 16/600 PS”.

    Click "Add." This completes the printer connection in Leopard. Check, rejoice.

    The Konica 2400W color laser printer was set up in the same way. “Apple Color LaserWriter 12/600 PS” was selected as the driver, and the -mono option was removed in the printer configuration file .

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