Ways to share a printer using an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule

Want to know some great wi-fi base stations to help you print something? Apple’s AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule are the answers. Here are some ways to use it :

Connect your printer

The first step you have to do is update OS X, after that you can set up a wireless printer, because OS X has software for each printer included in new updates. Choose Apple menu > App Storeand click Updates, then Update All to make sure all your software is up-to-date.

Make sure you set up the printer correctly and you can print directly from your Mac before printing something. Connect the printer directly to the USB connection on your Mac and try to print a test page.

If your AirPort base station is new,  the best thing is you connect the printer to the device before running through the setup process, which is performed by using AirPort Utility (Applications > Utilities).

Follow these five steps to run your printer by AirPort Time Capsule:

  1. If your printer has an Ethernet port, use an Ethernet cable to connect your printer to a spare Ethernet port on your AirPort. But if your printer doesn’t have an ethernet port you can connect it by using USB.
  2. Open a document and choose File > Print.
  3. From the Printer drop-down menu, choose Add Printer.
  4. Choose the printer from the list. Check that Use is set to AirPrint and click Add.
  5. Now choose File > Print  to print your document.

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