Apple video confusing me with wifi

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rollecoasterfan, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. rollecoasterfan macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Hi everyone.
    I am thinking about buying a 13" mbp. After watching apple's wireless basics video, I am all confused. I currently have a Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router ( Will I need an airport to get wifi in my home? What about a printer. I was thinking about the HP C5580 ( It says that it prints straight from a bluetooth enabled device, (I am 99% sure that the mbp is) then I don't even need wifi to print, right?
    Sorry if this is confusing.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    you don't need airport to get wifi; pretty much any router that supports wifi will work. I use a FIOS router that has wifi and it works fine.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Airport is just Apple's name for wireless LAN, nothing more.

    You can use almost any wireless router out there, just some have compatibility issues with Macintosh computers.

    I don't know about that specific printer, but the MBP has Bluetooth as you can see from Apple's Technical Specifications page for the MBP.

    But some of the printers vendors' drivers might hog up the CPU, because they're poorly written.

    MRoogle might be a good start to search this forums for specific problems.
  4. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    The range of BT is also much more limited. So if you are in a different room, then don't expect to print. IMO, if you want to print wirelessly, get a print server. Forget wireless printers. You get a wired print server and it will work with virtually any printer and if you change/upgrade your wireless router/AP, you don't have to worry about if the wireless printer will work with it. All you need is a wired port on your wireless router. Ethernet is not going anywhere.

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