The brilliantly-designed AirPort Extreme device from Apple is best-known as an incredible, slick, and easy-to-utilize wireless router. And it is used to share an internet connection with mobile devices and computers in a home. If you have already purchased the AirPort Extreme device and now want to get the peak performance from your device, then check the post below.
The incredibly-designed Apple’s AirPort Extreme device would be an ideal solution for you for sharing your internet connection. But, to extract the most out of this device, you need to follow some steps. So, without any further ado, let’s discuss some of the steps one by one:
Sharing a USB Printer with Your Household:
It’s true that a number of cheap USB inkjet printers are available in the market today. But, you shouldn’t purchase these cheap printers for all of the computer devices of your household. If your printer device remains unused for a longer time, then you would need to use more ink for cleaning the cartridge(s), the next time you want to make use of it. And thus costly ink will be wasted unnecessarily. But, the sigh of relief is that the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule- all of them have come with a single USB 2.0 port that is able to attach a hard drive or printer. It enables everyone in a household to get access to the same printer.
Making the Networked Printer to work with iOS AirPrint:
You’re experiencing wireless liberation for your USB printer, right? And now, you want to experience such liberation right from your iOS device as well. But, unfortunately, Apple has limited the AirPrint functionality that had been introduced with iOS 4.2 to a number of latest Wi-Fi enabled printers from HP. However, an inexpensive way is also there to make AirPrint to work with networked or wired printers. eCamm’s $9.99 Printopia is an incredible way to make your printers available through AirPrint, however, it holds one major caveat (Apart from the modest cost) and it runs on a Mac OS X computer.
Once purchasing and making installation of Printopia, you have to open the settings in the particular System Preferences and don’t forget to make sure that the switch has been set to On and the particular AirPort-connected USB printer has been checked (and also any other attached to the particular same computer). In this step, whenever you try to print from an iOS device operating 4.2 or later, you would see all of the Printopia-shared printers in the form of an option, including the one that is being shared from the respective AirPort Extreme.
Network Storage for the Entire Family:
The USB 2.0 hard drives are also completely compatible with the respective USB port of the AirPort Extreme to which your printer has now been attached. If you want to plug two devices into one port, then you’ll need a multi-port USB hub. With the attachment of even a simple four-port hub to the respective AirPort’s USB port, you can easily and immediately expand your horizons with the help of several hard drives or printers. And best of all, these small and unpowered hubs would perform their work absolutely fine with the AirPort device by acquiring the necessary power from the respective USB port itself.
Apple calls a particular AirPort-attached hard drive an “AirDisk,” and for making yourself available to any computer on the respective network, you have to first launch Applications and then Utilities and then AirPort Utility, then you ought to choose your AirPort and click on “Manual Setup.” Next, you have to choose Disks from the top part of the window and then the File Sharing tab. In this place, you would want to check “Enable file sharing” for making the AirPort storage visible to the computers and thus you would also find out options for securing your disk with the help of a password (if required). You have to make sure to click Update to save these particular changes on the AirPort device after the conclusion.
Next, you have to plug your hard drive into an available USB port (either straightforwardly or through a hub). And then you need to open a Finder window and then check for your AirPort under the particular Shared section at left. You should click on it and then enter your password (if needed) and the respective AirDisk would now appear as mounted on the respective computer with a blue drive icon and it can be accessed from any other computer devices on the respective network in the same way. You would get the best outcomes from a wired network, preferably Ethernet 1000baseT or an 802.11n wireless connection.
Using of an AirDisk for Time Machine Backup:
With the help of a USB hard drive or two that has been connected to the respective AirPort network, the door is open to incredibly new possibilities. And it contains the utilization of new AirDisk in the form of a central Time Machine backup drive for each and every computer on the respective home network. With the help of the AirDisk that has been mounted and available on the particular computer, you have to visit System Preferences and then open Time Machine settings under System and then you need to click on “Select Disk.” As a result, the respective AirDisk would show up in the respective list of available hard drives and it will even show you which of the AirPort network the particular drive has been connected to. You have to choose the drive and then click on “Use for Backup” and you’re good to go. In case you have a number of gigabytes of data on your computer devices, an 802.11n network needs to be considered a minimum requirement for the utilization of the Time Machine. The bigger the USB hard drive means the better for the utilization of the Time Machine. In case you’re making use of an AirDisk for backing up several systems, you would prefer to consider more than 1TB for having a large amount of backup space for the future. If you want to know more about the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station, you can contact the respective customer care team.