4 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2013 8:38 PM by ShlomiL
wileyweasel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I bought the airport extreme and have been trying to no avail to get my printer to run truly wirelessly... no usb to the Airport Extreme base station; I use the usb for my Time Machine hard drive. My base is in my living room where my cable modem is located and where I do all my wifi stuff. I have an HP Deskjet 3050A wifi printer and it worked just fine on my old Macbook running Snow Leopard and a D-Link modem. I have scoured everywhere on how to not plug it into the usb on the back of the base station... don't want the printer in my living room. Nothing, absolutely nothing has solved my problem. I've even looked into getting a new printer that will be truly be a wifi printer, but every Google search produces nothing. What printer will work with Mountain Lion, Airport Extreme and not have to be hooked up to the usb on the back of the base station?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: truly wireless printing
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    I don't have your particular HP printer; mine is the Officejet 6500 which is also wireless. All that I needed to do was to use the printer's setup panel to have it connect to the wireless network provided by my Time Capsule. Once connected, my Macs and PCs easily found the printer and installed the appropriate device drivers to communicate with it.

  • 2. Re: truly wireless printing
    ShlomiL Level 3 Level 3 (675 points)


    The Deskjet 3050A do support wireless connection.


    First ensure you have the latest full software installed:

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=al-107372- 1&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&os=219&product=5061082&sw_lang=


    Temporary connect the pritner via USB to your Mac, then go to Applications > Hewlett-Packard > Device Utilities and follow the HP Setup Assistant to connect the pritner to your Airport base.

    The isntallation will prompt you to unplug the USB once the wireless configuration completes.



  • 3. Re: truly wireless printing
    wileyweasel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the input, but the issue is that when I use the assistant, the device is not in the list to configure for wifi network. I have tried inputting the network IP address, the DNS hostname and the device is still not found, and I wouldn't have a clue ho to assign an IP to the printer because the control screen has very few options for set-up from the printer itself. At this point, I'm ready to chuck the Airport and the printer in to the street.

  • 4. Re: truly wireless printing
    ShlomiL Level 3 Level 3 (675 points)

    And did you plugged the USB between the printer and the Mac prior runnint the Setup Assistant?