Airport Express and connecting multiple printers

I have a MacBook Pro, and when I use it at my desk at home, I want to make as little connections as possible (I don’t have a docking station). The current connections I use when docking: DVI to my 22″ monitor, the power connector, and (when I need some good music) my speakers.

For my backups I rely on my Airport Extreme that has an external usb harddisk connected to it, my Time Machine. I had some troubles with it earlier, but Apple did a good job fixing the issues here.

And printing? I bought myself an Airport Express some months ago (so this is still the non-n-version) for connecting my laserprinter and color inkjet. Problem: there shall only be one (meaning that you can only connect one printer to the Express). I experimented with an usb-hub, but one of two printers is not recognized then.

The only way for it to work seems:

  1. Connect the two printers separately and install the printer drivers.
  2. After that, when you want to print to one of the printers: select that printer in the print dialog, and manually switch the printers in the usb port.

Not the most elegant way of working, but it avoids you have to plug in the printers to the usb ports of your portable. In the n-version of the Express, usb-hubs seem to be supported (so I’m suffering from the old disease of buying new stuff some months too early :-S)


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