Does Bonjour work better for Windows than Macs?

BonjourprinterwizardContrary to popular opinion, all is not always well in the land of OS X. Just as James gets his MacBook Pro back, I’m struggling with something as simple as printer sharing on my home network. Last year, I purchased the AirPort Extreme Base Station solely because it offered the ability to use a USB-connected printer on a home network. I’ve futzed with that for months using an HP PhotoSmart 7760 but it was wildly unreliable… and that’s being kind in the description. As a result, I had to USB connect the printer directly to my MacBook Pro and share it with Barb’s iMac and my Windows devices.Today, I found a steal of a deal on a color laser printer: the Samsung CLP-300 might not be the best laser printer by a long shot, but at $99 after a $150 rebate at Staples, I grabbed one this morning. The device supports Mac OS X Leopard and the first thing I did was connect it to my AirPort Extreme. OS X was able to install the printer (as type “Bonjour”) but once again it wasn’t working reliably. For every four or five print jobs, only one would go through and usually that would take about 10 minutes for something as simple as a textual page.Connecting directly to my MBP, installing as a USB printer, and then sharing worked much better, but again that all defeats the purpose of my AEBS purchase. So now I’m 0 for 2 with printers hanging from the AEBS. Ironically, using Bonjour for Windows, I was able to install the printer on my Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium and wouldn’t you know, it works just fine? Ugh… I’m generally happy with my other Apple products, but I have to say that I’m fairly disappointed in the AirPort Extreme. It works fine as a router, but I have three of those in a closet right now and they all worked fine too. Using anything in the AEBS USB port, including an external hard drive, has proven to be a poor performer.

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