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Reset existing printers to use with Airport Printers
If you have a USB printer that is already set up on your Mac, and try to use it as an Airport wireless printer, you may find that it doesn't work. The printer may show up in 'Printers' in the Airport Utility, but it just won't print. The solution is simple.

Go to the System Preferences » Print & Fax preference pane, and click on the printer in question. On the right, you'll see that the 'Location' is your machine name.

Thats's the problem. The printer is no longer connected to your Mac, so the printer can't be found. Unfortunately, there's no way to reset the location of the printer.

Delete the printer, then click the '+' underneath the printer list to re-add it. When you click the 'Default' tab, you will now see your printer name, and 'Kind' will say 'Bonjour' -- in other words, it's now recognized as a network printer, instead of being directly attached.

Click on the printer in the list, and the information below will fill in, including the 'Location' now being your Airport's name. Click 'Add' and it will work.

This is never stated in quite this way in Apple's setup or troubleshooting documentation. They do tell you how to reset the printing system entirely, but that wipes out all your printers. You don't need to do that, you only need to reset the printer you want to use on your Airport.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. Although it's certainly possible to get a printer working connected to an Airport base, I've never been all that enamored of the idea. Partly because, in order to get maximum range, I often place my Airport in an elevated position in the room. That makes it pretty hard to connect a printer.]
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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: Auricchio on Feb 08, '11 08:30:24AM

Without trying to sound condescending, this hint is fairly obvious.

We had a printer connected directly to a computer via USB. We moved it to another computer (the Airport). The original computer no longer controls the printer, because is is no longer physically connected. Why would we not expect to delete/re-add it from the computer that originally controlled the printer?

The same hint applies if one moves a USB printer from one computer to another.

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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: DCJ001 on Feb 08, '11 12:43:20PM

I've got an Epson CX7400 printer/scanner (all in one). I can get my printer to work when it's connected to my Airport Express. But, when it's connected to the Airport Express, the scanner is not recognized.

This tip got my attention, and I tried it. But the scanner remains unrecognized.

If anyone has a solution, I would appreciate it.



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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: Auricchio on Feb 08, '11 02:03:14PM

You cannot scan from a device connected to an Airport Express or Extreme. The data transmission is one-way. (There may be some small transmission back to the computer, like ACK of some sort, but nothing that will support scanning.)

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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: Bassman59 on Feb 09, '11 08:37:58AM
You cannot scan from a device connected to an Airport Express or Extreme. The data transmission is one-way. (There may be some small transmission back to the computer, like ACK of some sort, but nothing that will support scanning.)

That's not the problem. It's simply that the host controller in the Airport device doesn't know how to enumerate a scanner.



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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: Bassman59 on Feb 09, '11 08:35:26AM

The problem is that the Airport Express only knows how to talk to USB printers (and disk drives). It doesn't know to talk to scanners. So the scanner part of the all-in-one simply doesn't exist to it.
This is actually a pretty common problem, as most Ethernet print servers don't know how to handle non-printer devices.



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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: everkleer80 on Feb 10, '11 01:53:04PM

Just wanted to mention that the Airport Express does not support disk drives, only the Extreme does.



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Reset existing printers to use with Airport
Authored by: Bassman59 on Feb 09, '11 08:43:44AM
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. Although it's certainly possible to get a printer working connected to an Airport base, I've never been all that enamored of the idea. Partly because, in order to get maximum range, I often place my Airport in an elevated position in the room. That makes it pretty hard to connect a printer.]

C'mon, the maximum USB cable length is 15'. My AEBS is mounted on the wall, and it's got four Ethernet cables (one to the WAN port from the cable modem, the other three to various computers) hanging from it, as well as a long (but still in spec) USB cable to the laser printer.



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