Will AirPrint work on a dual-band WiFi network?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by windmill83, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. windmill83 macrumors member

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    Will AirPrint work on a dual-band WiFi network? All the printers I looked at only supported 2.4 Ghz WiFi. My iPad 3 is connected to the 5 Ghz band. Will AirPrint work across bands or does the iPad also need to be connected via 2.4Ghz?
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    It should since your AP presumably operates on both. That is, unless you've configured them to be separate.
     
  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Even though they are different WiFi bands (and have different SSIDs), they are both part of the same network - so it won't be any problem. You won't even notice the difference.

    My Canon printer and my iPad work fine together despite being on different bands (I use an Airport Extreme base station).
     
  4. foiden macrumors 6502a

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    Should work. I have something similar, but I did notice I had to make sure I was using WPA or better. WEP would not work for me. Not an iPad issue, but more of an issue that my AirPrint Printer would not connect with the network properly under WEP, so WPA was my only choice.

    Just a note in case you want to run WEP for some reason and can't get it to work.
     
  5. windmill83, Jun 16, 2012
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    windmill83 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. That's the information I was looking for. I have a Netgear WNDR3800 dual-band router with the iPad 3 connected to the 5 Ghz band using WPA2 encryption. Hopefully it will work when I connect an AirPrint printer to the 2.4 Ghz band. Each band on my network has its own unique SSID. Does that matter? Also, do any brands of printers work better in this setup than others?
     
  6. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    The unique SSID is no problem.

    The printer brand shouldn't matter as long as it can connect to your network. Our Canon printer is a few years old now and works just fine.
     
  7. dmccloud macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Epson WorkForce 520 connected to the 2.4GHz AP and my computers and iPad connected to the 5GHz AP - I can print to the printer with no problems at all. I also have two separate SSIDs on my setup, and it makes no difference at all, since it's all still the same internal network.
     
  8. AllieNeko macrumors 6502a

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    The network is the same, so no worries. I do suggest, unless you need to have the level of control you do, considering running the same SSID on both bands. That way you'll have larger, more seamless coverage. As long as 2.4GHz doesn't have too much noise in your area, the downsides to doing this aren't huge.
     

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