Printing wireless through a MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mynewromantica, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. mynewromantica macrumors regular

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    My current situation requires me to have a Windows machine and a Mac. I need to keep my printer connected to my MBP so I can use the scanner, but I also need to be able to print from my windows machine on the same printer, is this possible?

    I don't have the Windows machine built yet so I can't test it, I am just wondering if it is even possible.

    Or is it possible for me to connect my printer to an Airport and scan and print wirelessly? I know I can print, but I could never figure out wireless scanning from the Airport.
     
  2. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a

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    You could use Image Capture which is used for scanning however I dont know if this would work.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If the printer is plugged into your MBP, you can share it with any computer on your wireless network. Just go to System Preferences > Sharing and check Printer Sharing.

    OS X Lion: Share your printer

    OS X Mountain Lion: If you can’t scan
     
  4. RMo macrumors 65816

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    Printer sharing, as someone else mentioned, should work, although I personally don't have much experience with this in OS X myself. Your experience with AirPort is correct--you can use it as a print server, but you won't be able to scan. (If you want to scan from both computers, your best bet is to get a networked multifunction printer/scanner and connect it to your network with Ethernet [or wireless, though I haven't heard many raves about those] in a convenient location.)
     

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