Wireless Printing - Don't Understand - HELP

HelixOmnimedia

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Hi
I don't know a lot of information about wireless products, just got wireless broadband set up... ANYWAY

I've got a Apple PowerBook G4 and an Epson Stylus D88 printer - and I was wondering if I can set up wireless printing?

If so - what would I need?

Just that I'm heading to "my local" PC World (70 miles away) and would like to get, if i can, whatever i need there.

THANKS
 

robbieduncan

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You need a wireless print server. Or a wireless access point with a built in print server. An Airport Express would work...
 

jlcharles

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get a usb print server. it basically converts the usb out from your printer to ethernet so it connects to your router. of course, that wouldnt work if you want your printer somewhere besides next to the router.

i use a netgear ps121 or something.
 

dextertangocci

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I've never managed to get a wireless print server to work with the mac:confused:

I just use an Airport Extreme base station;)
 

yojitani

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If you've already got wireless, all you should need to do is attach your printers' USB to the wireless router (assuming it has a usb port) and bob's your uncle! Use Bonjour to connect.

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HelixOmnimedia

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yojitani said:
If you've already got wireless, all you should need to do is attach your printers' USB to the wireless router (assuming it has a usb port) and bob's your uncle! Use Bonjour to connect.
I'm on the internet using a Wireless BT HomeHub. I've connected the printer via the USB port on the back of the router.

What is Bonjour? is it free? and where do i get it from?

THANKS
 

HelixOmnimedia

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dextertangocci said:
but it comes with OSX;)
I have MAC OSX 10.4.8 and can't find Bonjour anywhere on my laptop.
I did a Spotlight search and nothing - just a "sharing folder" and that's it.

Have I missed something? or Not installed Something?
 

HelixOmnimedia

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yojitani said:
Let us know if this is enough info to get you going. I can't remember how to set it up (or even if you have to set anything up) and I'm not in a place right now where I can test it out.
I've read every section of the "Bonjour" page on Apple and still have no idea on how to access it through my PowerBook. Does it come under something else? I've searched through the Application folder and System Preferences and can't find anything about Bonjour.
 

yojitani

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HelixOmnimedia said:
I've read every section of the "Bonjour" page on Apple and still have no idea on how to access it through my PowerBook. Does it come under something else? I've searched through the Application folder and System Preferences and can't find anything about Bonjour.
This is actually very easy to do...Go to: System Preferences->Print&Fax In the Print&Fax pane click the "printing" tab.
You should see two windows. Under the window on the right click the + sign. There you'll find the Printer Browser.
Click the "Default Browser" (oh and make sure that your printer is on!). Your printer should be on the list and click "add".
Basically, you're done.
When you print, you should get a drop down menu like the one I'm attaching. That's where your Bonjour printer is!

note: you can get to the Printer Browser much faster by going through File->Print->Printer-> Add Printer from any program
 

HelixOmnimedia

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yojitani said:
This is actually very easy to do...Go to: System Preferences->Print&Fax In the Print&Fax pane click the "printing" tab.
You should see two windows. Under the window on the right click the + sign. There you'll find the Printer Browser.
Click the "Default Browser" (oh and make sure that your printer is on!). Your printer should be on the list and click "add".
Basically, you're done.
When you print, you should get a drop down menu like the one I'm attaching. That's where your Bonjour printer is!

note: you can get to the Printer Browser much faster by going through File->Print->Printer-> Add Printer from any program
Hi
Followed the steps and still nothing. Click on the "Default Browser" and it search but then nothing appears.

Have I got it set-up right?

PowerBook - Airport connect to BT HomeHub - Printer Connected Via USB. Power on and signal strength is very good.

Thanks for helping me.
 

KD7IWP

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The instructions given earlier should be correct. I would check if there are settings on your BT homehub to see if there is a configuration that turns on the USB. Do you have your printer drivers installed on your Powerbook? (It shouldn't matter, the printer should show up in that browser even without the drivers) As you said, you have it plugged in right, so I would venture to check the settings on the Homehub.
 

tuartboy

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I found the following in the BT HomeHub support page.
Doesn't sound like it was made for a printer.

You probably need to just get a network printer adapter or hook it to another computer and share it from there. My only experiences with network printing is the latter and it works well.
 

Michal Olgierd

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Doesn't sound like it was made for a printer.

You probably need to just get a network printer adapter or hook it to another computer and share it from there. My only experiences with network printing is the latter and it works well.
I have been trying to print via my BT Home Hub for hours now, with no result.
I have an Airport Express base station plugged into my Home Hub via ethernet port for streaming music from my MacBook Pro. Printing with Bonjour via Airport works straight away, but when I plug the printer into the Hub, nothing shows up, so I'm guesing, that the USB port on the BT Hub are either not for attaching the printer, or simply don't support Bonjour.
 
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