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Mac IP printing without Bonjour

Bonjour is great because devices can be automatically discovered on the network.

However, I’ve got a faulty router that won’t allow bonjour to travel from wireless to wired ethernet connections.

So I was trying to figure out if there was a way to get the Brother Printer driver to work on the ip address, which I can manually set in the router, and not rely on Bonjour.

Here’s how I did it.

1. Give the printer a fixed IP address in the router’s DHCP settings. Alternatively you could also manually set the IP address on the printer.

2. Add the printer, like so:


Network printer by IP address

Network printer by IP address

Works a treat for printing.

DLink DSL-G604T Bonjour issues

It seems that the D-Link DSL-G604T wireless router has serious problems with Bonjour.

I have just purchased a network printer, which is automatically discovered over the network using bonjour. This technology is really great.

The printer connects by ethernet. One computer connects by ethernet – it works fine. The other computer connects by wireless, and it doesn’t.

To make things more strange, the wireless computer can ping the printer. But it won’t discover it over bonjour. If I connect the second computer via an ethernet cable and turn off the wireless connection, then everything works perfectly.

I read a similar story on the whirlpool forums where that router had a problem with music sharing between wired and wireless computers, and apparently the problem was fixed by a firmware upgrade for the router.

Not so lucky for me. I downloaded the latest firmware, and the same problem still exists.

If anyone has heard of how to solve this problem, please do tell.