6 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 1:58 PM by jeffromhove
jeffromhove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have connected my printer via the USB port to my airport base station (it is actually a time machine, but I guess that is not the point).

When I want to add the printer (system preferences / printers / add printer), my iMac simply does not show it: the list remains empty.

When I connect the printer directly to the Mac, then it does show, and I can add the printer.

Why does it not work via the airport base station??

Jef


iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Other OS
  • 1. Re: no printer found
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    When the printer is connected to the Time Capsule's USB port does it appear (as the correct printer model) in the AirPort Utility on the Printer tab? That is, does the AirPort Utility recognize that the printer is attached and is available for sharing?

  • 2. Re: no printer found
    jeffromhove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the airport utility, I see only these tabs: base station, internet, wireless, network and disks: so, where could I see the printer (sorry if this is a stupid question)....

  • 3. Re: no printer found
    Shawn Grinter 2 Level 3 Level 3 (940 points)

    Nope, you're not being stupid. The Tab *should* appear when the USB printer is attached, if it's not the the TC's not recognising anything is plugged in.

     

    Could be naff TC, bad cable or odd printer (I assume it's powered on!)

     

    What printer is it?

     

    Regards,

    Shawn

  • 4. Re: no printer found
    jeffromhove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's an HP Photosmart 2575, and when I plug it into the iMac, it IS recognized. So, I guess it's not the printer, nor the cable. It's the TC that is the problem then? What can I do?
    Thanks,

    Jef

  • 5. Re: no printer found
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Unfortunately, not all USB printers are compatible with AirPort base stations. In addition, the  AirPort's USB port does not support the "advanced" printer functions, like scanning, copying or faxing, of multi-function printers. 

     

    To see if your printer is compatible, take a look at thisiFelix Unofficial AirPort Printer Compatibility link. If your printer isn't listed, it doesn't necessarily mean it won't work, but simply that it has not been verified. iFelix also provides the following workaround for printers not on the list that would certainly be worth a try.

     

    Also you can try this Apple Tech Support article to see if it will help: Printer troubleshooting for AirPort Base Stations and Time Capsule

     

    Finally, check out this IBM support article to see if your printer is listed as having a Postscript or PCL3 interface. If it does, then it will most likely work with the AirPort's USB port. Printers that use the "HP LIDIL" interface must be connected to a computer directly and will not work.

  • 6. Re: no printer found
    jeffromhove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    THANKS A LOT !

    I used the workaround, and it works.

    Jef