It’s very much possible to share a printer with another MacBook or a UNIX computer, provided both the devices are connected to the same local network. Just make sure, you’re running the macOS X v10.4 or later.
How to share a printer on Mac with other computers?
If there’s an increasing need to print from Mac connected printer, you can share it with the other Mac or a UNIX computer. This scenario especially persists in a mixed working environment where not all the computers are from the same manufacturer. So, if you don’t mind sharing a printer connected to your MacBook, follow these instructions to complete the setup.
- On your Mac, choose Apple menu.
- Go to System Preferences.
- Click Sharing , then select the Printer Sharing checkbox.
- Below Printers, select the desired printer.
- Click the Add button at the bottom of the Users list.
- Select a user.
- provide access to Everyone
- Check the can print option.
Printer sharing is for non-wireless printers that are typically plugged in directly to a computer. This is because you don’t need to share wireless or AirPrint compatible printers because they are already shared on your network.
How to share your printer on Mac
To get started, turn On your Mac/MacBook, click the Apple menu and choose the System Preferences entry from the list of options displayed.
Next, choose the Sharing folder as shown in the image above
Then, check the Printer Sharing checkbox.
Below Printers, select the printer you want to share. Note here, when you share a printer, all users on that network can use it by default. However, if you would like to restrict access to only a selected number of users, Click the Add button at the bottom of the Users list.
Then do any of the following,
- Select a user from Users & Groups (all the users of your Mac).
- Select a user from Network Users or Network Groups (everyone on your network).
- Select a person from your contacts. Create a password for the person, then click Create Account.
It becomes particularly important to mention here that when you add people to the Users list, access to the shared printer is reset to No Access for users on your network (“Everyone”).
So, to grant access to Everyone again, click the Everyone pop-up menu, then choose the Can Print option.
Similarly, to remove a user, select the name, then click the Remove button. It’s not possible to remove Everyone.
Hope that makes sense!