Macbook printer?

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  1. APPLEFAN8 macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering since the macbook is wireless and a laptop how can I get it to print to I need to buy a linksys printer router so I can print wirelessly from my macbook? ANyone else know how to print with a macbook thanks! (P.S. I'm making my transition from windows to Mac so sorry about all the questions!)
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    You don't need to print wirelessly. You can do it the old-fashioned way - by just plugging in the USB cable. It's like any PC.

    But if you want to print wirelessly, there's a couple of options, the router-with-printer-capabilities like you mentioned, hooking it up to another computer that has wireless capability (PC or Mac), and enable printer sharing on that computer and print wirelessly through the computer, or a bluetooth adapter.

    But as I said, you don't need to print wirelessly with the MacBook, you can do it the old-fashioned way just fine.
     
  3. EngBrian macrumors regular

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    Ask all the questions you want. I just got my mac a month ago and ask and read a lot before purchasing.

    To wirelessly print I use an Apple Airport Express wireless router. Of course if the wireless thing doesn't matter to you there is the option of plugging the usb cable directly into the macbook.

    I am not sure if you can use the linksys router or not. I suppose that if the printer is hooked up to a networked computer that would be an option as well. But the airport express is really simple to setup.

    edit: beat to it by slow forums tonight
     
  4. Neptunian macrumors member

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    What type of printer(s) are you using? For normal home based printer, new models come with a USB cable. Just connect the printer to your USB port on your MacBook. If the driver is already installed in your MacBook, you can use the printer straight away. Or else, you need to install the driver on your own. (FYI, printer drivers can be downloaded from the Internet if you have lost the CD that come together with the printer.) That's what i've been doing for my Epson Stylus C80, Epson Stylus Photo R350, Canon iP1700 and HP Colour Laserjet printers.

    If you want to print (or share printer with a few computers/notebooks) wirelessly, you can use Apple Airport Express or Apple Airport Extreme. Just connect the printer to the USB port on the Airport (either Airport Express or Extreme).
     
  5. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    As previously said you can print off a printer connected to another computer in your network, or you can connect your printer directly to your router. I'll be going with this way in the fall when I purchase a router since it'll be just me and I'll want to be able to do it wirelessly. Not to take the focus off Apple products, but you should be able to wirelessly print by plugging your printer into any router, not just apples. I'm trying to set this up myself right now, and the only issue I'm running into is that the router takes ethernet cables and the printer cable is USB, so I have an adapter in the mail to me to make the cables work right. But then I read that you just plug the cable into one of the ports and you should be ready to go.
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll try some of those things you guys told me and let you know if they work! Right now I'm using a linksys router and I use a HP photosmart C5280 but I'll check the manual to see if I can do it the way you guys said! I get my macbook next month can't wait! Plus I get the nano but I'm giving that to my sis becuase she has a mini and its old and I have a black 30GB video! I can't wait! Thanks guys
     
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    anyone else got any suggestions! If I just put in the usb to the printer won't I have to install the software on my macbook? Just wondering
     
  8. broncopde macrumors 6502

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    So there is a way to plug a usb printer into a router with only ethernet ports and be able to print wirelessly from it? How exactly does this work? Where can the attachment to change the usb to ethernet be found? Very interested!
     
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    Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102 UP.Link/6.3.0.0.0)

    So there is a way to plug a usb printer into a router with only ethernet ports and be able to print wirelessly from it? How exactly does this work? Where can the attachment to change the usb to ethernet be found? Very interested!
     
  10. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Think you need a networkable printer to do this. These have ethernet ports built into them so that they can connect to the router. Otherwise some routers have USB ports which will take the USB cable from a printer to put it on the network.
     
  11. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, you need either a printer that can be networked (have an ethernet plug in back, however you can do this to any printer it just requires buying the part to add to your printer to give it an ethernet port) or get a router that has a usb plug in the back. Since I don't have a router yet I'm going to be sure to get one that has a USB plug in the back. I think it's basically a combined print server and router. For a regular router and a printer that isn't network-able you'd need to get a print server. Looks like they run similar in price to a regular router but I found one here for $35.

    http://www.amazon.com/Trendnet-TE10...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1185264082&sr=8-10
     
  12. ayku macrumors newbie

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    Dell laser printer but no driver

    Hey i have a dell printer laser one
    and i cant connect it to mac :( i have macbook
    and during set up there is no dell option any help thank you


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