how can i do this with my MBP?

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  1. acrahm macrumors regular

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    I want to print wirelessly and listen to itunes from an external HD wirelessly also

    is it possible to do both?
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    yeah, get a powered USB hub and an airport extreme.
     
  3. StayAlive macrumors newbie

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    Do you already have a wireless router? What model is it? If you do, then just connect your printer to your router. There should be specific instructions in your printer's manual.
     
  4. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    Im not sure its that easy. If you have a router that has a USB port like an Airport Extreme, you can do it easily. If your router has only ethernet ports, then you need to find an ethernet (network) printer and a network attached HDD.
    I personally had a Linksys router with only ethernet ports, I picked up the Airport Extreme because of the USB port. It was a great choice. I hooked up a USB hub, then connected my USB printer and Drobo to the hub and everything is great. I can stream my iTunes music to my MBP like its local. I can print from anywhere in the house no issues at all. However, the one drawback in the lack of printer utilities when hooked up to the network. So once in a while I simply walk over to the printer and check the ink tanks. No big deal.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you get a printer with built-in networking, it should work with utilities like that. Just FFT.
     
  6. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    Thats true too. I just cant seem to part with my Canon i9100. THat thing really does some high quality pics.
     
  7. Habusho macrumors 6502

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    Easiest thing to do would be to just get an Airport Extreme base station and hook that up to your printer, HD.
     
  8. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    how does this do both at once with only 1 usb?
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    that's just how USB works. You just have to plug in a USB hub that has its own power supply.
     
  10. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    I picked up this guy to go under my AEBS... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817394017

    matches the footprint perfectly, looks really nice together. This one comes with a power supply but Ive actually used it unplugged without an issue. I keep it plugged in though just in case.
     

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