Wirelessly Print With What I Have?

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Hi All,
    I just bought a new 17" Unibody MacBook Pro and would like to wirelessly print from it without spending a lot of money. I own a cannon Pixma MP480 and a Netgear router w/o a USB Port ( I can give you the model number if it matters but I am not near it now). I have seen the Cannon BU-30 but it is pretty expensive and I was wondering if any class one Bluetooth dongle would work. WiFi printing would be fine also.
    So with the criteria I have given you, what would you recommend? I would like to spend under $30 on this because it is not a necessity and really just for convenience. I do not want to buy a new router or printer as they are brand new and don't need replacing.
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    does your printer have a ethernet port?
    does your router have data ports?
     
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    The bluetooth dongle would be the ideal solution, but it is expensive, and I belive it has to be canon (hp's are like that). The cheapest you can do is go build your own print server like described here or purchase a small print server box like the netgear wireless usb print server (79.99 new @ best buy) or find an airport express base station as they also have a print server built in (could likely find an older used one (g) or something to save some cash, the new n spec is 99$)
     
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    If you have a PC or another mac, you can connect the printer to that and share it, then point your MBP to the shared printer.
     
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    No on thhe printer... but my router identifies this as a usb but usb ports dont fit in it... can someone explain that?
     

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    That looks like a Netgear. What model is it (should say on the bottom)?

    Also, rectangular USB connectors will physically fit in most ethernet jacks!:p
     
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    The far right
     
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    model is CG814GCMR
     
  11. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    I see the USB port, but it might not be designed to connect to a printer. If that is a coax cable on the right, the router is probably also your modem, and a lot of modems have USB ports to connect them to the computer if you have a computer without ethernet/wireless. If that is the case, you probably can't use that USB port to connect a printer since the router is not expecting one.
     
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    My D-Link has a USB port like that and it's only to connect the PC to set up the router before it connects to the network. But like galstaph said, I'D go with a lttle print server that connects to the printers USB port. Cheaper than a new printer.
     

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