5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 6:22 PM by CRMDVM
_Ty Cox_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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?

  • 1. Re: Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?
    CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)

    Hi - this site was down for maintenance - did you figure out your issue?

  • 2. Re: Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?
    _Ty Cox_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I stumbled onto an Apple Support Document titled iOS: Airprint 101.  To paraphrase:

     

    "Avoid connecting AirPrint-capable printers to the USB port of Airport [routers]. Doing so can enable traditional [network] printing from a Mac, but it will NOT enable AirPrint functions for iOS devices."

     

    This is an odd limitation considering that the support document further states that the AirPrint printer must be connected to the wireless network that the iOS device is using.  Apparently, wireless printing does not occur directly between the printer and the iOS device anyway.

     

    There is a solution however. Instead of using the router's USB port, the printer can be connected to a router's ethernet LAN port (Printer must have an ethernet network port obviously.)  This will allow printing from both Macs and iOS devices without using the printer's wireless broadcast.

  • 3. Re: Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?
    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?

  • 4. Re: Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?
    _Ty Cox_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I admit I've not owned a wireless printer before and therefore might be over-thinking the matter. I want to avoid adding wireless devices to our household that might introduce their own radio noise that might interfere with the primary wireless network. Cordless landline phones, for example, can compromise a wireless network's broadcast. If I understand your explanation, the wireless printer is simply a client not unlike an Apple TV? Am I correct in assuming that a wireless printer cannot be used by itself; it requires a wireless network to function?

  • 5. Re: Can AirPrint printers use a wireless router's broadcast instead?
    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.