Printing Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by portcontrol7, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. portcontrol7 macrumors member

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    I have an Artisan 837 printer and I DON'T have it connected to a network. Is there a way for my Macbook Pro to connect to it and print wirelessly without connecting the printer to a network?

    The Printer is in the garage and can't get a strong enough WIFI signal to connect to the network.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's no way to wirelessly print to a printer that doesn't have wireless access.
     
  3. portcontrol7 thread starter macrumors member

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    How weak. The printer is "wireless", so it should be able to ad-hoc somehow... Hmmm.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The whole purpose of a wireless printer is to have it join a wireless network, so computers on that network can print to it. If it's not on the network, they can't see it.
     
  5. portcontrol7 thread starter macrumors member

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    My whole use of the printer consists of me, my mbp, and my printer.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't change the fact that if you want to print to the printer via WiFi, your computer and your printer need to be on the same WiFi network.
     
  7. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Move the router closer to the Printer so that it can reach it. Make sure you position it so that it will also reach your MBP. If you still need range, get another router to extend the first on, one closer to the MBP and one closer to the Printer.
     
  8. RonaldTurner macrumors newbie

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    "Hello,

    I would like to print from my iPad.

    My printer is Not one of the new AirPrint types as it is about four years old.

    It is, of, course, always connected to my pc via a USB cable
    I also have a USB jack on my new router, but have not played with it yet.

    Is there an app I can use to print via wifi to my printer ? (assume pc will be on) ?"
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    AirPrint Activator will enable you to use any shared printer as an AirPrint printer.
     
  10. marzer macrumors 65816

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    You can print to most wireless printers via an ad-hoc connection. But of course you'll probably have to swap away from the network connection to do so.

    It sounds like your frustrated in not being able to print wirelessly. Why not just relocate the printer? I keep mine in a out-of-way spot in my den.
     

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