I have to have my wireless router on a different floor from my printer and first computer. Can I use Airport Extreme to access printer from a laptop?

The main computer to which the printer is hard wired is on one floor of the house. The wireless router is on a different floor and has to stay there. I want to be able to bring home a laptop (a second computer) and print straight from the laptop on the printer. Can Airport Extreme allow me to do so?

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    The previous answer - to connect the printer to the Airport, so you can turn off the main computer is correct. But, depending on the construction of the floor and the locations of the Airport and laptop you might have signal strength problems. Get AirRadar or a similar utility to test the strength as you move the laptop around. If it is weak, the solution could be a repeater Airport, the Express, placed on the other floor

  • I think the easiest way would be to use and airport express to make you printer connection via USB. Disconnect it from the main computer all together. Now the main computer doesn't need to be on. Only the printer.