Connecting printer to AirPort Express Base Station

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by wstockbridge, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. wstockbridge macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
    Hi all,

    I already have a wireless network in my house. I'm about to buy a printer, but would prefer to keep the printer in a different room.

    Can I connect the printer to one of those AirPort Express Base Station, then print wirelessly from my laptop?

    Hope this is clear enough,

  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    You can have the Airport Express join your existing network via wireless or wired. This will allow you to print over the network.
  3. quantum003 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2009
    Yes, you can do that. Plug the printer into the USB port of the Airport Express base station. Then restart your laptop and go to "Add Printer". You will have the option to add your printer through Airport.
  4. redskop09 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2009
    yes, you can do that. the one drawback (at least in my experience) is if you use the APE as your print server and connect that to the wifi network, it doesn't extend the wifi. it just connects the printer to the network... which sucks... unless i did something wrong to mine. just use bonjour printer wizard and the steps are pretty easy to follow.
  5. sina10 macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    Leopard recognized printer, but not driver

    I purchased AirPort Express a few days ago, and struggle to get the wireless printing feature to work on my iMac running OS 10.5.x First, I can connect the HP OfficeJet 1452xi directly to the iMac, and it will print successfully. When I connect the printer to the USB port of AirPort Express, I can add the printer via System Preferences, Printers & Faxes, use + sign to add. The wirelessly added printer will not show the same icon / right pictogram as direct connect, not sure if this is of any importance. The driver should be searched for and added automatically, but will come up empty. When I try to manually search for it in the list, it's not available. Note: I installed the additional printer drivers from OS 15 install CD, and also went to the HP website and downloaded the drivers package including the HP OfficeJet 4200 series. The install program completes without error. When I delete the printer and add it again, hoping it would now find the print driver, it still doesn't. Did reboot and took out the AirPort Express from outlet and back in again. Still the same. Any ideas what can be done to get Leopard to recognize the appropriate HP driver that should be available on the hard disk? Thanks much for any help.

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