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brolfsen

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Can anyone recommend a good wireless printer to use with my MacBook Pro and iPad Pro? I currently have a Canon TS6320 inkjet printer that will not stay connected to my wireless network. It'll work one day but then the next day I go to print, it says it is offline on my MacBook but when I check the wifi settings on the printer it says I am connected to the network.

I am a college student so what I am looking for is a decent printer mainly for B&W text prints or the occasional color print. It doesn't have to be photo quality as I will never print photos from it. Also I would like it to have scanner as well. Auto double side printing would be a plus but not a deal breaker. My number one necessity is consistent wireless connection.

**Side note, does anyone know if every printer works this way? I have 2 networks with my wifi (a 2 Ghz and a 5 Ghz with 2 different SSIDs). My Canon TS6320 can't even see the 5Ghz network so I have to connect to the 2Ghz network. But the problem I am running into is I keep my MacBook and iPad on the 5Ghz network so I can't find the printer when I go to print but sometimes **only sometimes** I can switch to the 2 Ghz SSID and it'll find the printer. Is every wireless printer like this?? I would think even though its different speeds it is still the same network. Is there a workaround for this?**

Thank you for any help you can offer.
 

jz0309

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I've used a Canon MX870 for several years wirelessly, never any issue but I recently replaced it with a Brother laser printer (HL-L2370DW), it uses AirPrint and works phantastic
 
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AppliedMicro

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mainly for B&W text prints or the occasional color print. It doesn't have to be photo quality as I will never print photos from it
Reconsider whether you really need colour printing.

I think laser printers are superior: no ink drying out, less smearing, finer printing of text and often less expensive cartridges. I've "converted" many people from colour inkjets to B&W lasers for personal/family use, and they never looked back. Many were a bit apprehensive about giving up colour printing at first or thought it would be "nice to have". Yet almost no one could tell when they ever needed it.

I've also had good experiences with Brother B&W lasers.
 

Bodhitree

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I have the same printer and it's terrific. Cheap and it's an HP, the printer king

But not too cheap. I went through a phase of having super-cheap printers, where the cartridge was almost worth more than the printer, and found they’re mostly rubbish. If you want something that lasts, look to spend about 100€ or so.
 

BigBlur

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Can anyone recommend a good wireless printer to use with my MacBook Pro and iPad Pro? I currently have a Canon TS6320 inkjet printer that will not stay connected to my wireless network. It'll work one day but then the next day I go to print, it says it is offline on my MacBook but when I check the wifi settings on the printer it says I am connected to the network.

I am a college student so what I am looking for is a decent printer mainly for B&W text prints or the occasional color print. It doesn't have to be photo quality as I will never print photos from it. Also I would like it to have scanner as well. Auto double side printing would be a plus but not a deal breaker. My number one necessity is consistent wireless connection.

**Side note, does anyone know if every printer works this way? I have 2 networks with my wifi (a 2 Ghz and a 5 Ghz with 2 different SSIDs). My Canon TS6320 can't even see the 5Ghz network so I have to connect to the 2Ghz network. But the problem I am running into is I keep my MacBook and iPad on the 5Ghz network so I can't find the printer when I go to print but sometimes **only sometimes** I can switch to the 2 Ghz SSID and it'll find the printer. Is every wireless printer like this?? I would think even though its different speeds it is still the same network. Is there a workaround for this?**

Thank you for any help you can offer.
HP is my go-to brand for printers. I've never had any issues with them.

For your side note, I don't think this has anything to do with your printer. It sounds like a router issue or mis-configuration where it's keeping the two bands on separate networks. If configured correctly, devices should be able to communicate with each other regardless of what band they're connected too.
 

Printer Problem Guy

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But not too cheap. I went through a phase of having super-cheap printers, where the cartridge was almost worth more than the printer, and found they’re mostly rubbish. If you want something that lasts, look to spend about 100€ or so.
My old Brother printer won’t run with Monterey12.1

Am deciding whether to switch to a laser and which is best with Monterey.

I liked Brother but fear their reported incompatibility with 12.1
 

Fishrrman

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"My old Brother printer won’t run with Monterey12.1"

Which printer do you have?
 

mikepro

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Screw inkjet, got so sick of it and their issues of ink drying out. Picked up an HP color laserjet M281 or something like that. Was a few hundred bucks, but has worked flawlessly. Crisp fast printing, and no worries of ink drying out if left too long.
 

NaimNut

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HP B&W Laser with double sided printing.
 

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NaimNut

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I’ll let you know on Monday when its delivered. :)

Stay away from the HP+(e) versions. Cheaper but you are locked into HP services/ink/toner and there may be more connection issues from what I’ve been reading.
 
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