Simple Bluetooth Printing Question

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

  1. bear1973 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2006
    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

    Jun 28, 2006

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

  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    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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