Recommendations for USB Wireless Printer Adapter for Samsung Laser Printer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by AreYouAMac, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. AreYouAMac macrumors regular

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    Sup guys,

    I purchased the Samsung SCX-4500 Laser Printer, and I want to makie it a wireless printer.

    I am wondering where to purchase a USB Wireless Printer Adapter that would plug into the printer, and how would I set it up.

    Note: It wont be connected to a wireless router, I want to connect a USB Wireless Adapter to the printer instead.

    Am I suppose to be looking for a bluetooth adapter for the printer, and any bluetooth USB adapter work?

    Thanks guys & Happy Holidays
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    This idea is hard for PC users/recent users to accept: Print drivers on OS X aren't like on Windows - there isn't a single "application programming interface" so that a driver works with All comm types once installed.
    Nearly All non-postscript printer drivers were programmed using the legacy Carbon (left over from OS 9) API. This means that the driver only works for whatever comm type(s) the manufacturer put into the driver - mostly USB. If you have a non-postscript printer with network built-in, then you'd get a driver with that included - but it won't be OS X's built-in comm types IP printing or Windows printing.

    If you want to do network printing, you need to find a printer with a network-capable driver!!!!

    The CUPS system on OS X has network printing modules called backends -- to use those, you must have either a postscript printer, or, a CUPS modular style driver.

    Check with Samsung for a CUPS driver, or read this about the SCX-4200:
    http://openprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Samsung-SCX-4200

    Good luck.

    PS- Brother is the only manufacturer of non-postscript printers so far to provide CUPS drivers.
     
  3. AreYouAMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yes I understand that the drivers for Mac & Windows are totally written in a different way, I'm not a new user to Macs.

    So in other words, I will not be able to set up the printer via bluetooth to print without wires?

    I think I worded the first post incorrectly. When I wrote "wireless", I did not mean as in for it to be hooked up to a network... I meant to write as in being able to print it using Bluetooth.

    Sorry about that.
     
  4. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    If -
    Samsung provides a Bluetooth driver for this printer,
    or, you can find a CUPS driver that works with OS X/CUPS built-in comm backend,
    then you could print via bluetooth.

    Otherwise, it won't work.
    The only printers I've heard of that work are Canon, with a Canon bluetooth adapter. The Canon expert PAHU on Apple Discussions knows more.
     

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