Newbie: Questions about Airport Express Base Station

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by NJRonbo, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I just bought a Mac Pro and an Airport Express Base Station.

    The reason I bought the base station was so that I could
    hook up a printer located in a separate room, wirelessly.

    I am a bit confused by what I see in the product link below:

    It looks like ONE unit.

    Shouldn't there be a transmitter that plugs into my Mac with
    the receiver plugging into my printer?

    Unless, the Mac transmits via my Linksys wireless router to the
    base station plug-in.

    Can someone explain if I bought what I should have and includes
    everything I need?
  2. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    Connect your cable/dsl modem to the airport station. Or just connect the airport into the wall
    and use your macpro do a search for it to extend your network.
    Connect the printers usb to the usb plug on the base station.
    connect your macpro wirelessly to the airport express station
    from there configure your macpro to wirelessly print using the base station.

    Use the airport assistant to set all this up.

    you need your macpro to have airport express installed.
    and you need a usb printer that is all
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    Still a little confused.

    If this is just ONE piece, does the Airport act as the
    transmitting or receiving device?

    The printer needs to have a device plugged into its USB
    port to wirelessly receive the signal.

    The Mac needs a device (unless its my Linksys wireless router)
    to transmit that signal.

    I am just confused by the fact it is just ONE piece of hardware.
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Your Mac connects wirelessly to the AirPort Express, which is connected to your printer via a USB cable.
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    Does the Mac itself have a built-in antenna that's standard
    that transmits the signal wirelessly to the airport connected
    to my printer?
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You have to specially configure your Mac Pro at the time of ordering to include the AirPort Extreme card. It is not standard in the Mac Pro, as most people in need of high-performance machines will be using Ethernet for faster connectivity.
  7. tilman macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    If you already have a Linksys wireless router, and your MacPro is networked through it, then you have all the parts. You just set up the Airport Express with the Airport utility to become part of your existing network (wired or wireless through your Linksys router), locate it close to your printer, and plug the printer into the USB port. Once it is all done, the printer will show up on your Mac Pro as a network printer.
  8. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    I take it this is void...

    My Mac Pro arrives in a few days.
    It has ethernet standard, I believe. No airport card.
    It will plug into a Linksys router that transmits wirelessly
    The Printer will plug into the airport base station

    This is all I need, and I need no airport card -- right?
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Ahh I see, so you are using your Linksys as a wireless bridge.

    It should work, which router is the one with the DHCP server on it?
  10. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Not sure what DHCP server is.

    The main router I have is a Linksys wireless. My Verizon Fios
    and Mac Pro will both plug into it via ethernet. It then broadcasts
    broadband throughout my home for my laptop.

    The router has already been programmed through my old PC
    that the Mac is replacing. With my web browser configured
    to the Linksys address, I was able to set up the router and
    even secure the network with encryption.

    That should answer your question about the Linksys router.

    So, in order to add a wireless printer, I simply add the Airport
    Base station to the USB port of my printer and through software
    setup I imagine I can set my Mac to wirelessly transmit to the

    Am I correct?

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