How do I.....link my printer and an external drive to my wifi

Found 9th Oct 2008
Hi There,

I have a PC and an Apple mac, an epson printer (no wifi), a netgear wireless adsl2+modem router

I would like to be able to access a hardrive stored away side by side with my printer - I do not have a Desktop PC both are laptops - so that I can print and save without having to move my hardware from out of the cupboard?

My question is this, what is the best and cheapest way to acheive this - I have a 360gb hardrive currently but looking to perhaps back up my mac to a 2nd one and have this one purely for my PC laptop - so I can use carbon copy on the new hardrive to back the mac up to

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I'm interested in a similar thing (subscribing)

I don't think you can make your hardrive wireless, I think you'd have to buy one but they're very expensive, they're basically the NAS network drives, but with wireless capability.

The printer I think you just need to get a dongle type thing that plugs into where the USB would usually go, maybe google Wireless Printer Adapter or something? or look on Maplin. I would look for you, but I've got to put shopping away, lol.

However, this may help, I did a quick google and a similar topic on another forum.

thestudentroom.co.uk/sho…301

Sorry to add another post - you probably think loads of people have posted usefull information, but it's just my rubbish.

Reading that other forum, If you don't have much to store, Id go with a Nas drive plugged into the router, if you have loads to store (lots of Hard drives) probably best to go internal and stick them in a PC Case and network that.

2 Simple options to start with...

Get yourself a NAS HDD Drive and plug it into your Network router.
]For Example

2nd option

The Expensive one but pretty sweet is the ]Apple Timecapsule


Or the Inbetween option, you could probably share printer and HDD with this ]CLICK HERE

Original Poster

My main issue, is that I got rid of the tower PC as I have moved to a smaller house with no room to store such a thing.

I had thought of getting the Apple Airport thingy, but could not see how this works, I assumed that I would still need my netgear router/modem and plug this into the airport, but either I am being thick, or I havent read the info correctly

but.....I got the impression you could only use either your hardrive or your printer? not both at the same time

tlck9;3153483

My main issue, is that I got rid of the tower PC as I have moved to a … My main issue, is that I got rid of the tower PC as I have moved to a smaller house with no room to store such a thing.I had thought of getting the Apple Airport thingy, but could not see how this works, I assumed that I would still need my netgear router/modem and plug this into the airport, but either I am being thick, or I havent read the info correctlybut.....I got the impression you could only use either your hardrive or your printer? not both at the same time




Share your hard drive

Now you can share an external USB hard drive over your wireless and wired network by simply connecting it to the USB port on your AirPort Extreme Base Station. Called AirPort Disk, it's perfect for sharing files, making backups, and more. You can even connect multiple drives and printers using a USB hub (sold separately). (See system requirements.)


The Airport is an Access point so you would still need the Netgear for your Internet connection, but at least their both white so they will match ;-)

tlck9;3153483

My main issue, is that I got rid of the tower PC as I have moved to a … My main issue, is that I got rid of the tower PC as I have moved to a smaller house with no room to store such a thing.I had thought of getting the Apple Airport thingy, but could not see how this works, I assumed that I would still need my netgear router/modem and plug this into the airport, but either I am being thick, or I havent read the info correctlybut.....I got the impression you could only use either your hardrive or your printer? not both at the same time



No I'm pretty sure you can use both, I think it works in the same way as that you can use 2 laptops at the same time, and can use multiple devices at same time. Might be worth checking wireless router manual to see if it has a limit.

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Celticsun;3153442

2 Simple options to start with...Get yourself a NAS HDD Drive and plug it … 2 Simple options to start with...Get yourself a NAS HDD Drive and plug it into your Network router.]For Example2nd optionThe Expensive one but pretty sweet is the ]Apple TimecapsuleOr the Inbetween option, you could probably share printer and HDD with this ]CLICK HERE



On my router, I have the adsl line in, and four Lan out, would this still work?

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tlck9;3153595

On my router, I have the adsl line in, and four Lan out, would this still … On my router, I have the adsl line in, and four Lan out, would this still work?




I am trying to do something that will cause me more issues than positives? will transfering data across WIFI, be inconsistent, slow and easy to lose stuff

This depends on your router and wifi cards in your laptop. I currently transfer files over a 10/100 wireless network and get avg 10mbps, whereas usb 2.0 runs at 480mbps.

tlck9;3153595

On my router, I have the adsl line in, and four Lan out, would this still … On my router, I have the adsl line in, and four Lan out, would this still work?



Yeah that will work fine, as long as your using 54G or higher your file transfers should be fine.

Best thing to do is pop into and Apple store and speak to someone :thumbsup:

Which apple Laptop have you got? if its a later one and your running 802.11n its will more than fine

Original Poster

I'm using a Macbook around 2 years old

I have quite a small hardrive on the mac, and ideally, what I hoped to do, is to have my iphoto and itunes folders on one partition and another purely for backups of the complete hardrive. thus being able to remove the folders from my laptop to preserve some space.

I use RAW for photos, so you can imagine that I am using huge amounts of space, but I want to be able to use the iphoto as if It was on my internal drive, but form an external drive

I think perhaps the speed may stop my thoughts of a completly wire free environment

Obvioously using something like carbon copy I would use the usb cable to do the initial backup.

If its just space your after, then why not replace the internal HDD in the Macbook, its a piece of cake to do it.

]MACBOOK HDD REPLACEMENT GUIDE(CORE DUO MODEL)

]MACBOOK HDD REPLACEMENT GUIDE(CORE 2 DUO)

I would get a dirty great big HDD, Carbon copy original to external drive, fit new drive, install fresh system software then when it asks you if you want to migrate from and older system; plug the external drive in and it will copy over all your settings and files.

So you will end up with a fresh system (always good) and have all your files, network settings and keychains as before on a fresh system with a whopping HDD. As far as i know you can go as big as 500GB

The printer is easy, a wireless print server is all you need. If it's just a printer any will work but if it's an all-in-one with a scanner then you'll need a two-way one.

I'm not sure about the hard drive, I believe you can get fileserver-type devices that can use a USB hard drive. The speed over wireless won't be great though, wireless G won't do more than about 3MB/s (24mbps) compared to around 20-25MB/s for USB and 40-60MB/s for an internal hard drive.

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well, my question has been answered in one way at least;

I turned on my external hardrive and it fails to run, I get a click click click sound....so

sounds like my hardrive had bitten the dust and took with it my photo and music backups:x

So I now need to buy a new hardrive to backup to and get a my macbook dvd recorder sorted as they has gone as well....

Original Poster

Well, I managed to purchase a Netgear PS print server, after a bit of twiggling I managed to get it to with My Mac, and it was quite simply for windows (1st time it was easier with windows than a mac!) all for £20.

Decided against the wifi hardrive, but plumped with a mypassport hardrive so tidy thing that doesnt need an external power source.
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