Man this was a pain in the A. I’m writing it down here so that I can reference this again. Hopefully some others can benefit.
To set up this printserver on a Mac, here is what you do:
1) First you need to get the IP address of the damn thing. The only way I could get it is to plug the piece of crap into my router, and then check my router’s DHCP Clients table (under “status” then “local network”). Copy down that IP address.
2) While it is still plugged into the router, log into the printserver using the IP address you just found
3) Now you need to get this dang printserver to talk to your router wirelessly. First, change the printserver password to something not generic
4) Enable the print server’s mac address in your mac filter on your router (if you have one)
5) configure the printserver to use your routers SSID.
6) Set the printserver to use a fixed IP address.
7) Set the subnet mask = to what your router uses
8) Set the gateway = to your router’s IP address (probably 192.168.something.something)
9) Unplug the printserver from the router, then log into the printserver’s IP address wirelessly via your computer to confirm that the fucker works.
10) If it does, bring the stupid thing back to the printer and plug it into the printer
11) Now you need to set up the printer on your computer. These next steps are a complete clusterfuck of confusion but they work.
12) Under system preferences, select print and fax. Unlock the lock, then click the plus sign to add a printer. Select “Line Printer something”
13) Address = IP address of the printserver
14) Queue = L1
15) Name = L1
16) In the drop down choose your printer and model. If you’re like me your printer is old as shit so just get as close as you can.
17) Click add
18) Now it gets worse. Click on the printer you just added and then click “info”
19) Under “name” replace what’s in there and type in the printserver IP addres
20) Under location replace what’s there with IP_192.168.something.somethingP1
Replace “something with the numbers from your printserver IP address.
Print a test page and make sure the damn thing works.
21) Get a hammer and nail, drive the nail through the damn thing