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Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?

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I want to connect an AirPrint-capable printer to our wireless network's router so that non-AirPrint devices can print to the printer as well.  To lessen the likelyhood that the router and printer's broadcasts will interfere with each other, I'd like to disable the printer's wireless. Will I be able to print from my iPad through the router's wireless broadcast instead?

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)

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  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)

    Thanks for the update - I am glad that you found an alternative - you are correct about not connecting to USB - and I apologize if I am wrong but I think that you might misunderstand how wireless printers work - they do not interfere with the wireless signal from the router - they just connect to the wireless network and communicate with other devices that are also connected wirelessly or wired to the router - for instance I have an HP printer that is AirPrint capable and it is wirelessly connected to my Airport network - I can print to it from both my wireless laptop and my wired PC and my iPad without any conflicts - does this make sense or did I misread your question or statement?

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
    Am I correct in assuming that a wireless printer cannot be used by itself; it requires a wireless network to function?

    Yes you are correct - to be used wirelessly it must be connected to an existing wireless network.

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