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I'm going to offer this. For years I've been trying to figure out a way to wirelessly print to an older non-wireless printer...via different "dongles & adapters". And in EVERY case...I ended up wasting a couple hours of my time...and getting a BIG FAT headache!!!

The best (and only) method that I got to work was getting one of the Apple Extreme Base Stations [AEBS] (which are much more expensive than your average wireless router). The reason why this works is...first...because it's an Apple product specifically designed to work with Apple hardware & the Mac OS (where the other "gizmos")...say they are Mac compatible...but really aren't...or they are very difficult to setup. 2nd...with the AEBS you connect your older printer directly to the AEBS via USB...which works great...except if your wireless router is located somewhere inconvenient (such as a basement)...where you don't want your printer to be.

I'm sure some folks have gotten non-Apple solutions to work...I just could not get them to work...and I consider myself a bit more knowledgeable & persistent than the average computer user.

Finally...the BEST solution I settled on is...forgetting about trying to "adapt" my older non-wireless printer to work within a wireless environment. Why? The Apple Extreme Base Stations cost $179 (much more than the average "decent" wireless router)...which cost around $75. I ended up just purchasing a brand new Macintosh compatible wireless printer...which can be purchased on sale for about $50-$100 bucks.

Maybe others have better or less expensive options to get an older non-wireless printer to print "wirelessly"...I'm just sharing the experience I've had over at least the last 4-5 years...trying to get my non-wireless printer to print wirelessly...and wouldn't want you to "suffer" like I've had to.

If you want a wireless printer...just buy one that's designed to be wireless!

- Nick

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