BlueTooth Printers

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Solafaa, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. Solafaa macrumors 6502a

    Solafaa

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    I would like a small nice BlueTooth printer. I would be sing this in my room since i spend a lot of my time writing/reading emails/forums and works stuff on my bed. Sometimes i need to print stuff where i have to get out of bed, walk accross the hallway, go down the stairs, get into my office then print what i need.

    I would place the printer over my refrigerator (medium sized one) so it dose not have to be extra small. My bed is about 4 meters (13-14 feet) away so bluetooth would work great.

    Any product recomendation?
     
  2. varmit macrumors 68000

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    I don't even think they have put bluetooth in printers yet.

    If they have, then anything from HP, Epson, or a major brand where you can pick up a new print cartridge. And just make sure the pages per minute is something you can deal with if you want to go really cheap.
     
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    assuming your laptop has some form of wifi couldn't you just get a wifi enabled printer or an ultra-cheap usb printer and airport express?
     
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I use AirPort Express with my printer too. Works great. If you're getting AirPort Extreme/Express JUST for the printer, yeah it's pricy and not a great idea, but if you use AirPort already for wireless internet, why not?
     
  5. Fredstar macrumors 6502a

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  7. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    my experiment

    I'm one powered USB hub away from having all the materials I need to conduct a Bluetooth printing experiment.

    I recently got a Bluetooth USB adapter and an A to B USB adapter. I plugged that combination into the back of my Canon i450, and the LED on the Bluetooth dongle did not flash.

    From that I surmised that the printer does not transmit power over its USB connection, and what I will need to do is add power. That's where the powered USB hub comes in, and once I get that I'll get to complete my experiment.

    The Bluetooth adapter cost about $15 brand new (including shipping). The A-B adapter was maybe $4 shipped. The cheapest powered USB hub I know to be available is $13 at my local Micro Center. So, the experiment will cost me just under $35.

    Maybe someone else here has attempted what I'm describing, or has all these parts already and can try it out before I do. It'd be great to hear your results.

    Anyhow, if you're trying to print out photos you do not want to use Bluetooth ... unless you don't mind waiting around 5 minutes for each picture to print. Bluetooth printing is a bad idea except for text, unless time means nothing. That's why Airport Expres, 802.11b/g and ethernet printing makes way more sense. If you already have a wireless access point / router (such as the Linksys WRT54G), just connect an ethernet printer to one of its ports, set it up and you have a wireless-G printer.
     

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