wireless printing

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by giovanni, Nov 5, 2002.

  1. giovanni macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    I think it was somewhere in these forums that I read about wireless printing and learned that there are at least two ways of doing that.
    One is to use a bluetooth ("bt") printer even though it might be slow (I am not a particular speed maniac when it comes to printing the few pages a year I actually print). Here one needs a bt equipped printer. On the Mac side I am already using bt to connect to my phone.

    The other way is to use airport. This is total new to me, which does not mean much except that I have no idea, no clue, as to how this is obtained. What kind of printer do I need ? I do have airport at home.

    My goal would simply be to avoid cables and share a printer with two desktops and an iBook at home. It would be pretty cool to be able to do that w/o any f***** cable !!!

    thx for any help
  2. FatTony macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    First of all, I have no experience with blue tooth, so I can't comment on that as an option. But with AirPort you have 2 options.

    1. From Apple's AirPort FAQ: You can use a wireless print server, such as the HP wp100 available through the Apple Store. Epson also sells a wireless print server for their printers. I have not used one of these products, but I think they only support a limited number of printers.

    2. This is the cheaper solution, but it requires f***** cables !!! :) and OS X 10.2 for all Macs that need to share the printer. Plug in any cheap usb printer (must work with OS X!) to an AirPort equipped Mac. Turn on printer sharing in the Sharing pane of System Preferences. Now all your other AirPort-equipped 10.2 Macs should be able to print to the printer.

    Go to Epson
  3. giovanni thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    thx !
    Now I am curious to see how much those printers are, I will find out at the Apple Store.
    And the second option is not terrible, as I read through, it is only one cable that is needed, a decent second best :)


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