Printing from the new Airport Extreme and running a external HD...Possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tinydancer, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. tinydancer macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2004
    North Carolina
    I'm thinking of getting an Airport Extreme, but it looks as if you a re reduced to using the USB slot or either printing or using a HD. Is there no way to do this simultaneously? I would love to be able to print from the base station while have a HD attached. Any thoughts?
  2. tinydancer thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2004
    North Carolina
    Ok...that makes sense. Any recommendations?
  3. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I can confirm this works and I think it is also in a Apple document somewhere about using a hub. I think you can even add more than one hd. I am using a Belkin hub because it looks just like Airport Extreme. Epson R300 usb printer and 500gig WDBook hd.

    - James
  4. lighane macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2007
    Here's the one that jamesarm97 was talking about:

    I use this too, works great and looks mighty fine underneath the AirPort Extreme - it has the exact same footprint.

    Cheers! :D
  5. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    Just make sure the external HD you get is compatible with the Airport Extreme. Not all of them are. I have 2 different Bytecc enclosures. One works and one doesn't.
  6. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Check out the Newertech Mini Stack USB/Firewire HD with both USB and firewire hubs built in. It has the same footprint as the Mac Mini and the Airport Extreme:

    I have one and it works great.

    A couple of observations about the Airport Extreme though...

    My External hard drive does not not seem to spin down when it is not in use. I thought a firmware update from Apple was supposed to fix this, but it didn't seem to make a difference to me. I don't believe this is specific to the Mini Stack.

    Printing works great, but not on all printers. I have used several current Epson models and they work very well. Apple has another firmware issue though where the Airport loses the printer if the printer is turned off and back on again or disconnected. This is a pain because you have to reboot the router to get the printer back again.

    If your printer is an all-in-one printer/scanner, keep in mind that you probably won't be able to scan through the Airport either. I know my Epson RX500 can't. For the few times I scan something, I pull the USB cable from the Mini Stack hub, and plug it into the Apple keyboard. Kind of a hassle, but it works. of course this also makes the Airport lose the printer, which is a real pain...

    You milage may vary, but I am very happy with the Mini Stack - especially the way it looks on my desk. Now I just wish Apple would fix the problem with the Airport losing the printer...

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