Adding a Printer to an AirPort Express

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The AirPort Express provides a simple way to set up basic networks in your home or office. With built-in support for wireless printing, you can reduce clutter and print without needing to connect a cable to your computer. For a faster connection and better reliability, you can also connect your computer directly to the modem using an Ethernet LAN cable.

1 Compatibility

AirPort Express provides the ability to connect any printer that supports USB connections. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled printer, you can enter the details for your network into your printer. Directly connecting to the Wi-Fi network allows you to connect to the AirPort Express network without the need to attach the printer directly to the console. The USB port only supports one device, so if you want to connect a backup drive to your AirPort Express as well, you must use a Wi-Fi enabled printer to connect to the network.

2 Connecting the Printer

Once you connect and power on your printer, it should display automatically when you attempt to print a document. However, if the printer doesn't display, select "System Preferences," click "Printers & Scanners" and then click the "+" button to select and install your printer on a Mac. On Windows, launch the Charms bar, click "Settings" and choose "Change PC Settings." Select "PC and Devices" and then click "Devices." Choose "Add a Device" and select the printer you want to install.

3 Disclaimer

Information in this article applies to Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.