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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule Printers
Here's how I managed to get my HP 5510xi all-in-one printer working wirelessly when connected to a Time Capsule. First, you need download the open-source Linux drivers for HP printers from this page. Make sure you download the hpijs package, but also download the Foomatic-RIP and ESP Ghostscript packages from that same page.

Install the Footmatic and Ghostscript packages, then restart your Mac. You will not be prompted to restart, but it is necessary before you can install the hpijs package. After the restart, install the hpijs package, and restart again. Now go to System Preferences » Print and Fax » Add Printer (click the '+' sign).

In the Add Printer window, select IP at the top of the window, and use the following settings:
  • PROTOCOL: HP JetDirect-Socket
  • ADDRESS: Obtain and enter the IP of the Time Capsule: 192.168.1.100, or whatever it actually is.
  • QUEUE: leave blank
  • NAME: HP 5510xi
  • LOCATION: Put whatever you'd like here.
  • PRINT USING: HP OfficeJet 5500 hpijs (the driver you installed)
Finally, click Add to add the new printer. Essentially, you've tricked the HP printer into thinking the Time Capsule is an HP JetDirect Print Server by setting it up this way. This should work for other similar printers that are supported by the Linux drivers.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: michelle_eris on May 15, '08 09:12:16AM

I have an HP C6180 all in one. When I switched from a Belkin router to a Time Capsule, it connected seamlessly. The HP is Bonjour capable.



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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: rgray on May 15, '08 12:05:42PM

I have a 5180. I connect to it wirelessly and can print AND scan. I did it by using the printer's built in ethernet and connecting it to one of the ethernet ports on the router.

Can you scan wirelessly with your USB setup? I never have been able to get a USB/wireless setup to scan.



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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: kiwiiano on May 15, '08 03:56:55PM

I just checked whether I could print to an Epson CX5300 AiO connected to my Airport Extreme that is also serving as a Time Machine Air Disc, from my WiFi connected MacBook. I asked for a new printer to be added, the Epson was spotted immediately on Bonjour, there was a pause while the appropriate drivers were located, then it was added to the list of printers, including it's correct location as being attached to the Airport Extreme.
Time Machine is also apparently working OK via a non-powered USB hub to the external 2.5" HD that is my archive. I can retrieve files from it so have no reason to suppose the next backup won't work.
Ain't Apple wonderful!
I also had a look to see if Image Capture could connect to the Epson for scans. No such luck. It can see but not scan from a Canon MP750 AiO connected to an iMac 500 in the same room. I'm guessing a scanner has to be physically attached to the MacBook to work. It's not a problem as I would NOT relish a scanning session where I have to walk 20m there and back each time I wanted to turn to the next page for copying. It's easier to move the MacBook to the AiO or just use the iMac.



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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: michelle_eris on May 16, '08 08:58:30AM

If you meant me, I don't use USB; the printer is connected wirelessly.



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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: nikgibson on May 16, '08 05:56:58AM

This is a GREAT tip.

I have a HP OfficeJet 4110 and have never been able to print to it when connected to my Airport Express or Time Capsule (it works fine from Windows). I have posted queries on numerous forums, attempted to get a response from HP and booked appointments with Experts in Apple stores but until now have never had a solution that works.

Thank you very much



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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: Herve5 on May 17, '08 05:38:51AM
This is just brilliant!

By applying this method to my fossil Airport (round) basestation and my even-more-fossil HP PSC1210 I just revived a wifi printing that had died since OSX10.4, years ago!

Thanks a lot!!

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Print to an HP all-in-one printer via Time Capsule
Authored by: andmalc on Jul 02, '08 10:32:34AM

A question: the tip writer doesn't say which Mac version he's using. Does anyone know whether you still need to install Footmatic and Ghostscript if you're on Leopard?

A little inaccuracy in the tip. You haven't really got the equivalent to an HP Jetdirect because you can't scan or use printer utilities over this kind of connection - this is just for printing. The JetDirect or the printer models with networking built-in let you use all the features.



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