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487 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2009 10:22 AM by Duane
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 6:50 AM (in response to expatmac)expatmac, Welcome to the discussion area!
You need to configure the AirPort Express (AX) to join your current wireless network.
And the Canon is connected to the AX's USB port.iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 7:03 AM (in response to Duane)Duane - thanks for the welcome. Clearly you are a regular... and upfront, thank you for your patience. I am hopeless at network setting and am very grateful for your time and advice.
What will I have to do to configure the AX ?
Remember that I do not have a wireless network. My internet is a wired LAN to my iMac. My AX has been purchased solely to provide a wireless connection to my computer. So I don't have a wireless network for the AX to join. Or do I ? Apologies but I am really a novice at these things.iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 7:26 AM (in response to expatmac)Oh sorry I misunderstood. You will want to connect the AX via Ethernet to one of the Ethernet LAN ports on the router. The AX should be configured to create a wireless network and you want to configure it to act as a bridge (not sharing a single IP address).iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 7:55 AM (in response to Duane)Sorry - I think I need to explain this again. Really sorry for the miscommunication.
I have a iMac. I have an internet modem. The iMac is plugged into the modem and this is my internet connection. I have no router.
I have a printer. I want to access this printer wirelessly. I was told by an Apple Store clerk that if I took my printer and plugged it into an AX, - without the AX being plugged into ANYTHING else - that my iMac would scan and see the AX and consequently the printer. The printer-AX connection isn't related to my internet connection, nor do I have a wireless network. I was under the impression that my iMac would "talk to" my AX and this would allow my iMac to see the printer.
Am I out of luck and been misinformed ?iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 8:53 AM (in response to expatmac)Ok I think I understand now. You can set this up but when you print you will not be connected to the internet. In a similar vein when you are connected to the internet you will not be able to print. Your iMac can't be connected to both networks at the same time.
The AX should be configured to create a wireless network. The yellow light on the AX will blink since it is not receiving an IP address. When you want to print from your iMac you will select the wireless network provided by the AX. After you print and you want to get on the internet, you will need to go to the AirPort menu and select to turn AirPort off. That will reactivate your Ethernet connection.iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 9:16 AM (in response to Duane)Hey, Duane, that's actually incorrect.
You can be connected to the internet via ethernet and the non-internet wireless network created by your Airport Express simultaneously, and thus be able to print and browse at the same time. The iMac will have two IP addresses, one for each connection type, and it will definitely work.
To the OP:
Setup will be as easy as leaving your modem/ethernet setup as is and plugging the printer into the Express, plugging the Express into wall and opening Airport Utility on your Mac. You'll want to "create wireless network" and give it a name and password. Make sure Airport is turned on, join the network, and add a printer in the Print & Fax preference pane. Print a test page. Done.
You could also connect the modem to the Express, and not plug anything into the iMac, and run everything off your wireless network.
Michael2.8 GHz iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, 256 MB VRAM
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 10:22 AM (in response to M. Harnest)That's news to me. If it works great but I would have to see it to believe it. If the iMac is connected wirelessly and via Ethernet at the same time the one at the top of the list in the Network preference pane is the one used.