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Print to an Airport Extreme USB printer from WinXP
Authored by: dal20402 on Apr 18, '04 11:01:10PM

This hint works great for most network-capable printers. But some printers that were never designed for network use (such as my HP photosmart 7960) may not appear on the list Windows offers you, even if the drivers are correctly installed. Here is another approach you can use:

1. Connect the printer directly to the Windows box and set it up.
2. Disconnect the printer from the Windows box.
3. Turn off your AE base station (disconnect power cord).
4. Plug the printer into the base station.
5. Turn the base station back on.
6. Begin the process of creating a new printer in Windows. Create a new port as described above (IP_10.0.1.1 or equivalent, with device type HP JetDirect). But don't actually perform the last step to create the printer. Instead, cancel once you have successfully created the port.
7. Return to the Windows printer list and select your printer. (It will be grayed out because it is offline.) Right-click and choose Properties. Choose the "Ports" tab in the Properties dialog. Select the IP port you just created instead of the USB port that was originally selected. Exit the Properties dialog.
8. Right-click the printer and choose "Take Online." Now you should be able to print through your AEBS just fine. (At least I can with my photosmart.)


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Print to an Airport Extreme USB printer from WinXP
Authored by: dvangogh on May 23, '06 05:18:44PM

I've tried all of the suggestions here (thanks very much!) but none of them work (argh!). I've got a PowerBook G4 running 10.4, with both an Airport Extreme and an Airport Express. I'm trying to print wirelessly from my XP notebook through the Airport Express. The IP of the Airport Express is, and I can ping this from the XP, so all is well there, but I just can't print to my Brother MFC-8640D!! Very frustrating. As with other forum members, I can print from my Mac to the printer through the Airport Express, but just not from my XP.

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Print to an Airport Extreme USB printer from WinXP
Authored by: raptor99 on Nov 16, '08 10:23:56AM

Thank you for this idea, Once the printer is connected via USB, simply disconnect it from the PC and re-connect it back to the AE

On your PC change the printer properties, select the ports tab and click on the port created (i,e., IP_10.10...)


Problem solved - many thanks

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