For years I was using Apple’s Airport Extreme for my home wifi setup but recently replaced it with a modern TP-link router. The new router doesn’t have a printer port, so I’ve relocated the printer to my actual office and reconnected it to my (also very outdated) iMac via direct USB printer cable. However, ever since, I can’t get anything to print without restarting my Mac. I can send jobs to the printer, and hear it spin up as it always does, but no paper is ever pulled from the paper tray and the job just disappears from the print queue.
You’d think printing over wireless network would be much more fragile of a system, but it was rock solid for years, and only now that I’ve got it literally hardwired to the computer I’m using, I’m having trouble. I’m also not sure why restarting the Mac temporarily fixes this issue, but if I print right after it restarts, the job completes as expected without issue. It feels like after some amount of time has past, it just forgets what it’s doing and I have to repeat this process. Biding my time and budget for a new Mac (I’m trying my best to match @Siracusa’s 10-year holdout for a modern replacement) but for the time being would love it if anyone could recommend a fix for the setup I’m using.
If it matters, my printer is a Dell 1130 laser printer from like 12 years ago, and my iMac is the “Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015” model running Monterey v12.7. Thanks in advance!