I have a Brother DCP-7040 USB connected printer on my High Sierra system that I'd like to share on my network if possible. It is using the Brother-supplied CUPS driver, which I just updated yesterday. The driver version shows up as "4.5.2" in the printer's "General" settings.

In Printers and Scanners Preferences I have the box checked beside "Share this printer on the network". In Sharing Preferences I have the boxes checked beside "Printer Sharing" and beside the specific printer, and I have "Everyone Can Print" in the "Users" box.

I have two other Macs on my network. Neither of them can see this supposedly shared printer.

I'm pretty sure I had this working under either El Capitan or Yosemite, though at that time I had a Win10 system on the network and no other Macs.

  • Are the other two Macs also connected to the same network that the first Mac is using to share the printer?
    – Monomeeth
    Dec 12, 2018 at 3:50
  • can you share anything (like screen) with other Mac's
    – Ruskes
    Dec 12, 2018 at 5:20
  • Do you have the firewall turned on? If so, turn it off to see if Printer Sharing starts working
    – Allan
    Dec 12, 2018 at 10:03
  • All three Macs are connected to the same network. Screen sharing works fine. I'll update this comment when I have a chance to check on the firewall. Perhaps I should also turn off Little Snitch (running only on the Mac to which the USB printer is connected directly)...
    – g1l1t1
    Dec 12, 2018 at 16:51
  • Little Snitch is most likely your problem. Most people do not need it. Dec 15, 2018 at 22:39

1 Answer 1


After Printer Sharing is enabled, follow these steps to connect to that printer from other computers on your network:

  • Click System Preferences in the Dock.
  • Click the Print & Fax icon.
  • Click the Add button (which carries a plus sign).
  • You might be prompted to add a printer automatically when the Printer Setup Utility opens. Click the Add button to begin the addition.
  • From the Browser window that opens, click the Default button on the toolbar.
  • Choose the printer.
  • Click the shared printer you want to use and then click the Add button.
  • This is actually just what I did when I set up the printer on the serving Mac. I've deleted it and added it back a couple of times too.
    – g1l1t1
    Dec 12, 2018 at 16:56

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