Would a usb->wifi adaptor make a usb printer into a wifi printer?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RedTomato, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Apologies if this is a stupid question.

    I'm considering buying the Brother HL-5140 mono laser printer which has won glowing reviews, and it's pretty cheap too, at only £150 quid.

    I'd like to use it wirelessly with both my PB (Bluetooth/Wifi) and my partner's iBook (wifi).

    Trouble is the printer is non-networked, and only has parallel /usb2.0 interfaces.

    There's a network ethernet connector addon for it which at £130 quid costs nearly as much as the bloody printer, so I dont want to buy that.

    I've seen plenty of cheap usb->wifi and usb->bluetooth adaptors out there.

    Question: Would I be able to plug one of these into my printer and have it be able to connect wirelessly?

    [Additional question: would a cheap usb->ethernet adaptor enable me to plug it into my network hub? ]


  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    The short answer: No.

    If you use an Apple Airport Extreme Basestation though, you could plug it into the basestation and share it across your network. Also, according to this site, your printer should work fine with Airport printer sharing.

    Lee Tom

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