Recommended wireless USB airprint server?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Radiating, May 7, 2013.

  1. Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Can anyone recommend a good USB print server dongel to attatch to a printer that connects to a wifi network and enables air print?
  2. Giuly, May 7, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    HandyPrint would enable AirPrint on your Mac, if you have your printer connected to your Mac already.

    Otherwise there is the Lantronix xPrintServer, but it connects via Ethernet and costs as much as a new wireless printer with AirPrint.
  3. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    Raspberry Pi will do the job and only £25. You can even get AirPlay working on it. There are many guides online for both.

    The only problem I faced with cups (the server software used to support AirPrint) was that because of the conversion the server had to do meant that there was a reasonable delay.

    The other alternative is Airport Express
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Be sure to price the replacement ink cartridges and not just the printer itself. Lantronix was worth it to me as my Laserjet is still a very reliable workhorse with a low per page cost.
  5. Giuly, May 8, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    If you have a printer that works fine for you, the xPrintServer makes perfect sense. Then again, if your have a monochrome laser printer and toner and/or drum needs a replacement anyways, you might as well just get a Brother HL-5450DN with AirPrint built-in for $135 instead.
    Epson claims that their WorkForce WF-3540 offers "40% lower printing costs vs color laser", and it has AirPrint. Yet, that one would be $150 compared to the $100 for the xPrintServer.
    If you have an inkjet that's a couple of years old and need it for office work, they're well worth it, too.

    As far as home printers with AirPrint go, the Epson Expression XP-600 is $118 and a nice upgrade for an aging printer as well.
  6. davidoloan Suspended

    Apr 28, 2009
    An old netbook running Ubuntu permanently connected to the printer by USB will allow wireless printing both from Mac & IOS.

    You just select share printers attached from the printer settings in Ubuntu.

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