Bluetooth question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by nsknike, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2005
    Ok, I'm going to be buying my g-ma a 20 inch iMac, and will be getting the wireless set, and since I already have airport express the printer will be wireless as well. The question I have is, I want it to be a completely wireless setup but she has a usb scanner. Is there an adapter that I can plug the scanner into that makes it bluetooth? If so this would be great. Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    I dont think so. If you wan the best experience, just plug it in via the USB port. Scanning over bluetooth prob wouldnt work to well.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Washington DC
    I doubt bluetooth will work. You'll want something like the airport express that gives you a wirelessly usb port over Airport Extreme. Have you tried plugging it in and seeing what happens? It'd be quite cool if it worked.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I don't know of such an adaptor, and even if there was one... This machine is for your grandma? You don't want the headaches from some funky adaptor not working all the time.

    Maybe if there was an all-in-one printer / scanner / etc that was bluetooth... but personally, I'd do USB.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    I would say that this is definitely your best bet; I know they're starting to make Bluetooth printers, so this wouldn't be a big stretch.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2005
    Yeah I guess she will have to live with one wire, lol. Also I do have an airport express but someone on this board already told me that a scanner does not work, through it. I don't I'm at college right now and am not able to try this. Thanks for the help.

    Also, could you link me to a printer that offers bluetooth?

    One more question. Would a printer/ scanner/ copier combo work through airport? Thanks
  7. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2005
    network scanner

    They do make network scanners. I'm not sure if they make cheap ones.

    I've seen them work in different ways. Sometimes you run a special application on your desktop that interacts with the scanner over the network. Another way is to have the scanner just dump the image to a predefined network location.
  8. macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    tried this myself many moons ago and guess what .... it don't work

    printers only on APX
  9. mpw

    Jun 18, 2004
    Good Luck.

    a) I can't see BT being fast enough for a scanner connection.

    b) My HP PSC1350 refuses to scan (or even be seen as a scanner) even when connected with USB2.0, although it'll print happily by Airport and copy without a problem.

    I've had 3 scanners in my life and I think I only ever managed to get each of them to scan once!

    *resolves to tackle this problem tonight, again*

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