Wireless hub for a USB flatbed scanner?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DanielCoffey, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

    DanielCoffey

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    I understand that the current Airport Express does not support USB scanners so I am looking for buying advice on what I believe would be called a Wireless USB Server.

    The equipment I have is as follows...

    Cisco E3000 'n' wifi router in the main room
    Mac Pro 2010 connected to the router over Ethernet
    Brother 2270DW 'g' wifi laser printer in the spare room
    Epson V600 flatbed USB scanner in the same room as the Mac Pro

    I would like to move the scanner into the spare room next to the printer and take advantage of the convenience of a wifi hookup for it.
     
  2. RMo macrumors 65816

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    I have no experience with the setup you described, nor do I know if they actually exist.

    However, I'll suggest one thing: have you looked a network scanner? (Or, more likely, a networked multifunction printer with a scanner?) This might be easier in the long run, and all you'd need to do is plug it into your network (e.g., router), possibly do some setup, and you'd be good to go.
     
  3. DanielCoffey thread starter macrumors 65816

    DanielCoffey

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    Thanks for the reply but I am not looking to tether the flatbed scanner to the router.

    Not only is the scanner brand new, due to space constraints I am trying to find a better place for the big black lump than on my desk and I have plenty of room next to the wifi printer in the spare room.

    I think wireless USB servers exist and I am hoping folks will be able to discuss if one would be a suitable way of turning the USB scanner into a wifi scanner.
     
  4. drsox macrumors 65816

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    Look at Silex. See :http://www.silexamerica.com/
    I have a Silex 2000 that connects an Epson scanner to a MBA or a Win7 PC. It's LAN based and works fine.
    There are GB LAN versions and I think, WiFi versions (2000WG).
     
  5. DanielCoffey thread starter macrumors 65816

    DanielCoffey

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    Spot on! Thank you.

    I will contact Silex to make sure it is the right tool for what I need but it looks like the USB to WiFi (b/g) is the device I need. It has WPA2 security on it and is Mac/PC aware.
     
  6. drsox macrumors 65816

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    OK great.
    Their stuff is on Amazon UK so easiest to buy from them. I had no luck with Silex support, but there is a German office I believe. I might upgrade to the GB version or I might also go for the WiFi version - see my other thread for the problem I'm trying to solve : http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1279840
     
  7. DanielCoffey thread starter macrumors 65816

    DanielCoffey

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    I got a reply from Silex EU within about an hour and they said the following when asked about compatability with an Epson Perfection V600 and OS X Lion. I also queried if they had plans for 802.11n support...

    I will be waiting till they bring out the new model but thanks for the tipoff drsox.
     
  8. drsox macrumors 65816

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    Nice to see the likely availability of the n WiFi version - that's what I'll also wait for.
     

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