Using Infrared port on MBP for Printer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XTRanger, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. XTRanger macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    i was wondering if i could use the infrared port on my MBP with an infrared printer, or an infrared phone or not. Or is the port only compatible with the apple remote? thanks!
  2. antibact1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2006
    Are you planning on positioning your printer transceiver directly in front of the MBP obstructing the keyboard?
  3. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    The infared device on Macs serve solely as an input. One may be able to hack remotes/devices other than an Apple remote to work with it, however it is designed only to work with the Apple remote & front row.
  4. XTRanger thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Yes, I use an external display, and use the MBP in lidclosed mode.

    That stinks... but thanks for the info! Hopefully someone can come up with a hack!
  5. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I can't get my phone to send anything via infrared to my MBP either.

    Bluetooth is the way forward - time to update printer? ;)
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    But the printers are expensive, especially if you look at a $19.95 model and print more than a page or two a month. ;)

    Of course new is less headache and more likely to survive and OS update.
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Printers are dead cheap now-a-days - average one costing you $60-70 that does good quality.

    Compare that price to something 3-4 years ago. Probably be double/triple for similar specs.

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