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Airport Express - want only to use it for connecting a printer wirelessly

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Ugh... have opened up a brand new Canon printer and plugged it into a new Airport Express and hoped that it would somehow talk to my iMac across the room but no luck. Apple Store boy said no problem - click and plug and play... but alas no. Right now, my internet modem is plugged directly into my iMac, so I don't need the Airport Express to assist with anything that has to do with my internet connection, and I wanted Airport Express to solely link my printer to my iMac. A) Hope I am explaining my plight here properly. B) Hope that what I want to do is entirely possible. Am fearful that iMac can only process wired or wireless but not both. Anyway - if anyone can assist - very much appreciated.
iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    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
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    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
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    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
  • M. Harnest Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    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.

    Michael
    2.8 GHz iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, 256 MB VRAM
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    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.
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