Can you wirelessly print with airport express?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Obviously you can with AirPrint compatible printers, but what about a normal printer hooked up to an airport express?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Yep, you can hook a USB printer to the Express. The Express doesn't work with hard drives for file sharing though - that's just the Extreme.

    Edit: Whoops, didn't realize this was the iPad thread..sowwy haha
  3. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    You can from a Mac or PC but I'm not sure you can from an iPad. It either has to be hooked up to a computer (running something like Printopia) or one of the HP AirPrint ones which allows wireless printing.
  4. applefan2000 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2011
    printing from iPad via Airport Express

    The short answer is yes, with limitations.

    I connected my USB printer to my Airport Express and then shared the printer on my MacBook. Several apps on the iPad enable printing to a shared printer on the network. I used AirSharing with good results. The limitation is you have to open your document in AirSharing (or whatever app you use) to print it.

    If you seriously want to print from your iPad, I strongly suggest buying a new HP printer with AirSharing. I bought a new color LaserJet for only $230 and it is amazingly simple to print with the built-in print functions on the iPad!
  5. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I use AirPrint Activator v2 to print through my Airport Express on my old Epson printer.
  6. cdinca macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Yes, use this. Fast, free, works for all printers.
  7. 4zuresky macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2011
    Just tried airport activator. Works GREAT! Now I can print using my iPhone, iPad and iMac (already worked with mac) :D Thanks guys!
  8. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH

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