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Does anyone know if it would be possible to use a scanner with the airport express base station. I have it set up now and can print wirelessly with both my macs, but have been unable to scan with my all in one Brother mfc-210. When I plug the all in one directly into the machine I can scan but its a pain to have to un-plug and plug when I want to print or scan. any help would be appreciated.

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Wow nuthin? Has anyone been able to scan wirelessly? This might drive me crazy......

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Found this old thread and decided to resurrect it because I am also unable to scan from my Canon Pixma MP480 to my MBP wirelessly. When I plug the USB cable in directly, I can scan with no problem, but with it plugged into my Airport Extreme base station, it says "Cannot communicate with driver" and will not let me scan. I've tried downloading some drivers I found online to no avail. Anyone have any suggestions?
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I have tried for many hours to get my Canon MP560 to scan wireless, but no avaial.
Wireless printing is great, but maybe scanning is not possible.

I'll keep on searching and apply the ' try and error ' method with different configuration settings.

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While i had no luck with the Canon MP 760, the current Brother MFC-885 will scan wirelessly to either iMac on my LAN.
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Did you had to apply any special features either on the Mac side or on the printer side ?

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USUALLY -- but not always -- the manufacturer of said printer will state on their support website whether wireless scanning is supported under (version of Mac OS X you are running).

Some companies support it for PC but not Mac, though as you might expect this generates a lot of complaints. Some don't support WIRELESS scanning at all, which kinda defeats the point of the AIO being wireless IMHO.

A recent sub-$200 HP AIO I picked up from a client at Costco (was still there last time I checked) specifically mentioned wireless scanning being supported on the Mac, and so it was.
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Both iMacs were scanning on 10.5.8 but after upgrading mine to SL there was an issue. But after some messing around and the latest from Brother it came right. Now it seems the 'Apple > Software Update' seems to take care of it all. Having said that i have not had the need to do an install/sort out since doing 10.6.1. Wife wont let me upgrade her from 10.5.8 but will advise if i get the Green light.
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I heard that most bargain all-in-one printers will not scan over a network, so if you want to scan wireless, you have to get a higher end unit. I'm cheap so I'm fine with plugging the scanner into my MBP.
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The HP's that are networked all seem to with SL .
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My Canon MP 620 would likewise not scan wireless until I downloaded and installed the latest Canon software for the printer. Latest wireless software is supposed to support Snow Leopard - which it does. I could not scan wireless using Leopard and the supplied drivers for Leopard.

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Just tested it and yes with Snow Leopard the App Image Capture will find wireless printer and load a scan - no Brother drivers needed in my case.


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