making USB peripherals (like ScanSnap scanner) wireless

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by provoloney, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. provoloney macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    can you do this with an airport extreme or time capsule? I assumed that by connecting the USB line of my ScanSnap scanner to these devices, I would be making them wireless (i.e., so I wouldn't have to plug the USB into my actual computer). It doesn't seem to work for some reason. Is it b/c that's not possible, or am I doing something wrong? Thanks...
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    It isn't possible using those Apple Airport products, because Apple only put printer sharing software in them.
  3. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    Apple's AirPort Extremem Base Station and the AirPort Express contain only a print and file/HD-sharing server. It will not work with any other device (not even, for example, the scanner on a printer with a built-in scanner).

    What you're looking for is some sort of networkable USB server. I know some exist, but I'm not personally familair with any, but a Web search can probably give you some results.
  4. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Let me know if you find something that works. I'm considering a mac mini server to address this, but don't want to shell out the cash just yet.

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