I recently got an Apple Airport Extreme for my home network. It’s supposed to let me be able to hook up a printer and external drive to it and then have it available to all computers on the network. Sweet!
I tried getting my printer, an HP Officejet 5600 Series, to work using the Airport Extreme but it did not work. I could get it to work fine when connecting via USB but not over the network (Apple’s Bonjour network). I had tried to download drivers from HP, but that didn’t work. So today
I did some searching, installed a few things and I got it to work – here are the details…
First, my sources:
HP OfficeJet 5600 series via Windows XP SP2
(thread at Apple Support Discussions)
There are 2 types of OSX drivers: Carbon and CUPS. Carbon drivers are used when you connect via USB. CUPS is used on the network and for Windows printing. So there are open source CUPS drivers for a whole bunch of printers, including my HP Officejet in a third party software install.
So what you do is:
- Go to the OpenPrinting link shown above.
- Download these disk images:
- You’re then going to install that software in the same order listed above (this is important).
After doing that, you can now install printers found on the network.