Wireless Printing with Time Capsule

Wireless Printing with Time Capsule

Holding down the Option key will reveal several hidden options to choose from in your AirPort Utility’s Radio Mode pop-up menu.

 

We had an AirPort Extreme wireless network that our HP LaserJet 1022nw was wirelessly connected to, and it was working fine until we switched to a Time Capsule as our wireless router. Now our printer can no longer see our wireless network in its SSID list, and when we manually type in the SSID information and WPA password information, it still can’t connect.

 

As of press time, there’s an incompatibility between some HP wireless printers and Apple’s implementation of the 802.11n wireless protocol built into the Time Capsule’s firmware (currently at version 7.3.1). By the time you read this, a Time Capsule firmware update should be available.

 

In the meantime, go into your AirPort Utility (located in Applications/Utilities), connect to your Time Capsule, click the AirPort button at the top, select the Wireless tab, and then hold down the Option key while you click the pop-up menu for Radio Mode. This will reveal several hidden options, including the one that you want: 802.11b/g compatible. Choosing this option will result in speed degradation on a network of all 802.11n devices, but it will enable your HP printer to see your wireless network once again.

 

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this is a really great concept to work with wireless communication than using wires, will be very helpful when using a centralized printer, if all information like copy paper can also be found or communicate through this wireless technology, then it would be even better

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Kirata

What do you mean by:

"By the time you read this, a Time Capsule firmware update should be available."

Update above 7.3.1 is due by 17th?

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Scott Rose

This column was written in April for the print edition of Mac|Life. We thought that the new firmware would be available by the time this article went to print and was uploaded to this website, but the new firmware is still not publicly available yet. So in the meantime, take the workaround mentioned in this article until the 7.3.2 firmware (or later) comes out. Hopefully it will be coming out "very soon now"!

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Kirata

Aha. Got it. Got me going on checking "Software Update..." for the last 6 hours today. LOL.

Hopefully Apple will come out with the update soon, too. Thank you for the great article. Cheers.

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Scott Rose

The 7.3.2 Firmware Update referred to in this article is out today. You won't find it in Software Update, but in Airport Utility. Make sure that your Airport Utility is up-to-date (from Software Update), and then when you launch Airport Utility, it will tell you about the new firmware update.

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