MCB USB HDD USB Printer....Possible to connect via a home network? HDD

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  1. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    Is it possible to connect the following to a simple home network setup?

    MCB USB hdd USB Printer/30MB cable broadband

    I'm trying to achieve disconnecting/reconnecting external hdd -usb/Printer USB

    Options please:) -without buying a wireless HDD/Wireless Printer!

    Thanks

    Stephen
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    AirPort Extreme will let you connect a USB disk and USB printer to the router.
     
  3. Donfor39 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks:)...ive been hovering various products via amazonUK today.

    Airport Extreme it is then!
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    The thing must have OS X support in the first place, i.e. working OS X printer drivers. If you can print to the device directly from your Mac's USB port, then you should be able to print also via AirPort. You will need the same printer driver installed in every Mac you intend to use.
    Basically, this AirPort simply extends your USB port wirelessly to it's own back panel.
     
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I'm doing the same with my old Time Capsule. Don't forget you'll need a USB hub (probably a powered/plugged-in one) to connect both devices to the Airport Extreme.
     
  6. Donfor39 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The Epson printer has been working fine via usb/Mountain Lion:)

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    A powered USB hub?.....I did notice the Airport extreme has 1 USB port only

    Can you post a link to a known working USB Powered Hub?....Amazon if poss:confused:
     
  7. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Powered can't hurt, although if the hard drive has its own power supply a passive hub would probably work fine, I really like this design:

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    http://amzn.com/B00A81ISJ6

    If the hard drive is bus-powered, you'll definitely want a powered hub. Plugable has always done well for me:

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    http://amzn.com/B005P2BY5I
     
  8. Donfor39 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the helpful advice
    3rd Gen Airport extreme being dispatched Monday, powered usb2.0 hub will be received in next few days :D
     
  9. Donfor39 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Received 3rd gen airport extreme last night set it up today, working brill with VM Superhub and Epson SX 100 printer Wireless with the help from this post
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2071522?start=0&tstart=0:cool:


    Just the external hdd to try via usb hub

    Thanks for all who helped me to setup a wee home network:D
     
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