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Wireless Printing

April19

When I got my MacBook, one thing that got thrown in the package was a Apple Airport Express. At first I didn’t know what I was going to do with it so I had a quick play around with it and then put it back. It wasn’t till the family decided to put the printer (also included with the Mac) upstairs. I decided that I could utilize both products and setting up wireless printing on the network.

The setting up of the Airport is very simple. A few steps and you’re away. I set it up so that the Airport connects the the wireless network that we already have. From there, just connect a printer to the USB port on the airport. That is the hardware all setup. For Macs, you just need to install the printer software and you’re good to go. For Windows machines, you need to install the Airport software which is included with the device. Then just install the printer software/drivers and everything is good to go there.

And there you have it, wireless printing. It is so much better than the old setup. The old setup consisted of a PC on the network with a shared printer connected to it. No longer do I have to turn on the computer and wait 2-4 minutes for it to fully boot up and print. Now I just have to turn on the printer and in a minute the job will be done. If you are living in a place with multiple computers in a household, especially laptops, wireless printing is a godsend.

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3 Comments to

“Wireless Printing”

  1. On April 20th, 2009 at 3:59 am William Hook Says:

    The AirPort Express is a handy little box for sure. However, I don’t really use mine for printing – I use it more as a way to get audio from iTunes to our lounge hifi system. Then I can use my iPhone as a controller (with the Remote app), and boom, easy peasy music streaming and for only £50 versus £800 for a Sonos system.

    The only problem is mine died a while ago. So I need to pick up a replacement sometime soon. :P

  2. On April 20th, 2009 at 7:30 am Cyborgtyrant Says:

    lol, what I dont get is why the main PC is off at your house, our one here is always on (except in powercuts and restarts lol), downloading 24/7 :P

  3. On April 20th, 2009 at 10:50 pm Michael Wheeler Says:

    I’ve always thought about getting one of these nifty little things. The whole audio and printing idea seems pretty cool to me.

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