Wireless Printing : AEBS or Bluetooth adapt?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by milesdavis, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. milesdavis macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    Hello,


    Trying to figure out the best way to do this -- I have an Epson RX 595 and I want to print to it from my MBP. Should I just get a bluetooth adaptor for the printer, or pick up an AEBS? Also -- I'm confused, does the new AEBS update allow for access to a usb hard drive wirelessly?

    Thanks! MD
     
  2. Batt macrumors 65816

    Batt

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    Your Epson will print fine (and a LOT faster) with just an AirPort Express.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Yes, but you'll need an Airport Extreme if you want to connect a hard drive to it.
     
  4. swing macrumors newbie

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  5. milesdavis thread starter macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    Is this AEBS problem still a problem, or has it been updated?

    Thanks for the responses. I'm still unclear -- even if I wanted to use this as BT printer, what do I have to buy exactly? The Espon BT device says it prints from 'windows xp' computers...

    weird.

    Thanks! MD
     
  6. milesdavis thread starter macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    So...is this still an issue or has it been resolved? I'd love to be able to print wirelessly..


    -MD
     
  7. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Can't comment on Epson printers, but at the office I have an AirPort Express plugged in to an HP Jaserjet 1300 via USB and have no issues whatsoever printing wirelessly from my MacBook.
     
  8. Batt macrumors 65816

    Batt

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    I have an Epson at work with the BT device sending to my iMac. It's works fine, but it's fairly slow, and it uses a GIMP driver, so you don't get all the Epson printer options.
    I had an Epson RX500 - until it died - printing at home with AirPort Express under Tiger with no problems.
     
  9. swing macrumors newbie

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    update re: Leopard wireless printing thru Airport Express

    Miles- you really dont want to print via Bluetooth- you want to print via Airport- its waaaaaaaaaaaay faster for that amount of info.

    I dont know about using a usb hard drive, but it seems someone here said that you'd need an Airport Extreme for that feature.
    ....see this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort

    Regarding Printing - heres what ive found works on my (2006 vintage) Airport Express

    Epson inkjets:
    will print wirelessly from Tiger
    wont "" "" "" Leopard (unless you download the "band-aid", 3rd party driver called GIMP - which from the comments is a rather appropriate name for it, being slow, and doesnt print perfectly- but at least it gives you SOME output, which is more that Epson has been able to deliver on Leopard.)

    PS - HP inkjets seem to be printing wirelessly on Leopard,
    ....at least on my friends Airport Extreme.

    Anyone else add their insights?
     
  10. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.apple.com/wifi/

    Printer only - Airport Extreme
    Printer and Shared hard drive - Airport Extreme Base Station

    Also keep in mind that the AEBS only has 1 usb port.........
     

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