Can AirPort (any model) interoperate with WiFi printers and cameras?
It's trivial to connect a USB printer to an AirPort base station or share a printer attached to a Mac via Airport; but can a WiFi printer such as the HP WiFi printers sold at Apple stores join an AirPort network? Logistically it is not always convenient to have a printer or web cam located within USB cable distance of the Airport base station or one of the networked Macs.
- Asked by Ashley G from San Pedro
- Oct 11, 2009
QA AirPort Extreme Base Station
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3 Answers from the Community
HP WiFi enabled printers should have no trouble being connected to an AirPort network. For older AirPort Base Stations (pre-Extreme) you may need to use a 13 character wireless password if you have WEP encryption turned on on the ABS.
Note that HP all-in-one printers claim that you can do scanning over a wireless network. I and others have found this does not work with HP software (this is with the computer wireless, but an ethernet wired printer). I would expect the same problem if the printer is connected to the network via WiFi.
I am not aware of any webcams which have WiFi built-in. A wireless computer with a webcam can use it over WiFi. Also, while current AirPort Extreme and Express Base Stations have USB ports, these do not support webcams.
- Answered by Winston W from Atlanta
- Oct 21, 2009
Yes. I have a Kodak ESP 7 aio (built in Wi-Fi) wirelessly connected to my airport and it prints flawlessly.
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- Answered by Bradley D from East China
- Oct 12, 2009
It with the newer(doenst have to be the latest) models
- Answered by Adam A from Hayward
- Oct 12, 2009