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Topic # 36878 3-Jul-2009 07:58 Send private message

hello,

 i recently got a new mac for my home and it is in a seperate room from my pc. i was thinking about buying a new wireless printer for my home so that i can print wirelessly from my computers. however is there a way i can connect my current printer to my wireless network via my wireless router???  i have router that comes with verizon fios, which i believe is a Actiontec MI424WR Broadband Router. it has a usb port on the back which i can plug my printer into but idk if i can use it this way. and if i can how do i need to change the seetings to be able to print wirelessly?

thank you for your help and if you have any questions just ask.

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  Reply # 230561 3-Jul-2009 08:09 Send private message

bump

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  Reply # 230562 3-Jul-2009 08:10 Send private message

We don't like *bumps* in a nine minute old thread around here, sorry.







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  Reply # 230566 3-Jul-2009 08:14 Send private message

A quick Google for this model returns the MI424R manual as the first result.

There is no mention of USB printer support in the manual - actually there's no mention of printer or USB at all. I believe the USB port is there for either (a) updates or (b) connecting PCs that lack ethernet ports.

So I'd say no, it won't work with this router.







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  Reply # 230567 3-Jul-2009 08:19 Send private message

sorry, im just really board and would like an answer



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  Reply # 230569 3-Jul-2009 08:21 Send private message

yeah i was looking at the manual and it didnt say anything about the usb port and printing.

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  Reply # 230576 3-Jul-2009 08:42 Send private message

Hi, why not just get a wired network printer and connect it to one of the lan ports of the router, alternatively connect the printer to your PC (via USB) and share it out, it will then be available to your MAC to use, however this requires the PC to be on for it to work.

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  Reply # 230610 3-Jul-2009 10:10 Send private message

how can i share it through the pc?? i have gone to the settings and then hit share but idk what to do after that.

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  Reply # 230618 3-Jul-2009 10:43 Send private message

Hi, I assume you are running XP or Vista, not to sure about Vista but XP/2000/NT go into printers, right click on the printer you wish to share, the option of sharing should appear, it should be pretty obvious from there unless you have not installed file/printer sharing in your network setup.

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  Reply # 230884 3-Jul-2009 22:21 Send private message

Exactly the same in Vista for sharing a printer.

But if you're asking whether it's possible for that shared printer to be visible to the wirelessly connected Mac then I'm afraid I don't know.

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