Is there a wireless USB hub for Mac?

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  1. Arelunde macrumors 6502a

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    Is there such a thing as a USB 2.0 hub (at least 2 ports) that connects directly to my in-house wifi network? I have a MBP late 2011 and want to wireless connect to an Epson Scanner and high-quality Epson photo printer that currently are connected via wired USB to a PC running Win7.

    This seems like a logical device that should be available at a reasonable price. There are wired USB hubs up the wazoo and for cheap. But all my research has dead-ended with some sort of Belkin device from 2007 that doesn't work on Macs or needs line-of-sight wireless available. Surely by now, there should be something that doesn't cost a fortune that's the equivalent of the wired USB hub, but wireless.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Can you just share the printer/scanner from the PC?
     
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  4. Arelunde thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Share from PC - Probably, but I'd rather have the printer and scanner available to either via wifi.

    Airport has only one USB port and I need two. It's not really designed to do what I'm asking.

    I DID more research and discovered the IOGear Wireless 4 port wireless USB sharing station (GUWIP204). I'm thinking of getting this, unless someone "out there" thinks this is a total disaster.

    It seems to do what I want - a very simple thing ... plug in the USB for the printer and the scanner, and have both of them available to any computer in the house. I DID check to make sure it's compatible with Mac and PC.

    You would think this would be a commonly available device - it's so (seemingly) basic to connecting older and newer electronic peripherals. I guess we're supposed to buy new stuff every time.

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    But thanks for your replies! Much appreciated! ;)
     
  5. Giuly, Feb 23, 2013
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    The Silex Dual Band 802.11n Wireless plus Gigabit Ethernet USB Device Server supports OS X.
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  6. Arelunde, Feb 24, 2013
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    Arelunde thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That looks very good, yet is pretty expensive and is more a router than what I was after.

    Check out this website - I'm ordering it and hope it's what I'm looking for. From the specs, it looks good. Works Mac and PC, wireless or ethernet, handles printers and scanners, AND can tolerate an additional USB hub being attached. And, it's not sooo expensive (not cheap, either). Amazon has it for $60.

    Edit: Oops - forgot website info... http://www.iogear.com/product/GUWIP204/
     
  7. drsox macrumors 65816

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    The Silex stuff is exactly what you want. It's not a router, it's a USB server.
    I've had these for years, very solid and don't drop connections.

    I share scanner, printer, DVD drive, iPxxx and camera between OSX and Win7. I have a powered hub on mine with up to 15 simultaneous connections total.
     
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