Simple Bluetooth Printing Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bear1973, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. bear1973 macrumors member

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    I have an older, but still very reliable Brother HL-5040 laser printer that continues to serve me well.

    Is there a way to print wirelessly through Bluetooth with this computer from my new iMac. I'm moving into a new office and don't want to run a USB cable all the way to the other end of the room.

    Do I just buy one of these Donger's on Ebay for $10? Or do I need something else? Or is this impossible and I need to buy a new printer?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. bear1973 thread starter macrumors member

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    Or....

    Duh.... Do I just buy an airport express?

    Thanks!
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    So you have an iMac of some sort, with onboard bluetooth, correct?

    And you have an HL-5040, no bluetooth.

    You have several options. Basically, you can either buy a Wifi print server or you can buy a Bluetooth print server.

    Advantages: Wifi -- accessible to all wifi devices over a longer range, more expensive.

    Bluetooth -- offers zero config even on Windows, I think? But Wifi offers zero config on Windows and Macs if you use Bonjour (by default on Macs).

    I would personally go with WiFi. You can use basically any of the 802.11g or 802.11n Apple routers, for instance -- pick up a used Airport Extreme Base Station or Airport Express. They all support attaching a printer via USB. Then you can either have this create a new network that you use just for printing, or join an existing network. You can even replace your existing router with it, possibly.
     

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