Time Capsule doesn't support scanning?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tbradnc, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. tbradnc macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2013
    Looking for confirmation here..

    Am I correct in assuming the Time Capsule doesn't support multi-function printer scanning?

    I installed a TC last week and am loving it so far. I moved my Photosmart D110 printer to the USB connection on the TC and the scanner option disappeared from System Preferences | Scanner/Printers and my HP software no longer detects the scanner.

    Move the printer back to my Mac via USB and it reappears and works.

    Running Mavericks on 2013 Macbook Air.
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Sounds like the HP driver has to see the printer as part of the local machine file system....not via a remote machine file system such as TC.

    It would probably work off a USB port on an ATD.
  3. tbradnc thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2013
    Prior to plugging the printer/scanner into the TC it was plugged into a windows PC on the wireless network and it scanned fine.

    There's something about the TC....
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The time capsule has code to support printers, not scanners. If you want a multifunction unit accessible by more than one computer you will need to get one that connects via WiFi and not USB.
  5. tbradnc thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2013
    hoho Don't I feel stupid!

    My printer DOES do wireless and I had it plugged in to the TC via USB.

    Unplugged it, configured the wireless settings and now the printer is scanning again.

    Do I win the duh? award? :)
  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    You are correct. You can print, but not scan or FAX with an AirPort-shared printer.
  7. FoxFifth macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    I'm pretty sure you aren't even close to winning that award here. You'd have to a lot better (worse?) than that!

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