Wireless printing question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by munders, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. munders macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    I Have an Imac and macbook pro both of which have airport and run off version 10.4.11. Both of them are run off my wireless router which is in a different room to both of them. My question is I have a printer which is not wireless and i was wondering if it is possible to plug that into my wireless router and print. I have looked at the manual and it says I need a print server but i am unsure if i can get round this by just plugging it into my router. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If your printer supports an ethernet connection with an RJ-45 connector, it's simple - you would just connect it with a CAT5 or CAT6 cable to the router and set it up that way.

    If your printer is strictly USB, then you either (1) need a router with a USB connection and print server built-in, or (2) a print server.

    I did buy a D-Link wireless print server some time ago, and it worked like...well, it didn't work well at all, to be honest. The ability to print was very hit or miss, about 2/3 of the time I would have to unplug the printer from the server and plug it back in again before I could print, and worst of all you can't access the printer the same ways (meaning you likely could not use your computer to check ink/toner levels, use the printer's built-in card reader, etc.) - you could print something, and that was it.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    If your router manual says you need a printer server, then, well, there you have it.

    The airport express is a nifty little print server and you can pick up the g model for cheap these days on fleabay.

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