OS X Mountain Lion: Set up a printer connected to a Time Capsule or AirPort base station
Using an AirPort Extreme Base Station, AirPort Express Base Station, or Time Capsule, you can share a printer with other computers on your network, whether they connect to the network wirelessly or with a cable.
- Before setting up your printer, choose Apple menu > Software Update to make sure OS X has the latest information about printer software it can download from Apple.
- Follow the instructions that came with your printer to unpack the printer, install ink or toner, and add paper.
Don’t install software that came with the printer on your Mac. OS X downloads the latest printer software automatically.
- Connect the printer to the USB port on your computer, and then print a test page.
For more information, see this help topic:
- Connect the printer to your Time Capsule or AirPort base station.
If your printer has an Ethernet port, connect your printer to one of your base station’s Ethernet ports.
Otherwise, connect your printer to the USB port on the Time Capsule or AirPort base station.
If you’re setting up an AirPort Express for the first time, connect the printer to the AirPort Express before setting up the base station.
- Open a document to print, and then choose File > Print.
- Open the Printer pop-up menu and choose the printer in the Nearby Printers section of the menu.
If the printer is connected to your base station’s USB port and you have problems doing any of the following, temporarily disconnect the printer’s USB cable from the Time Capsule or AirPort base station and connect it to your computer:
Use the printer utilities that came with your printer.
Check the status of ink cartridges.
Perform scans with your printer’s scanner.
View error messages, such as “Out of Paper” or “Printer Busy.”