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Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 19, 2017 12:53PM
Thanks for all the advice about replacing my aging router. I've narrowed my choices to two Asus routers but am leery about reports that Asus doesn't play nicely with networked Macs. Can anyone chime in on this? Thanks!
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: clay
Date: December 19, 2017 12:55PM
what sort of Mac/printer setup are you referring to?

I have 4 Macs and a brother laser printer on our home network (2 ASUS routers). The printer is plugged directly into the network (via ethernet) and we have never had any issues.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 19, 2017 12:58PM
Which models. And by "network" do you mean wired or wireless? Or via the USB port?



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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 19, 2017 01:01PM
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clay
what sort of Mac/printer setup are you referring to?

I have 4 Macs and a brother laser printer on our home network (2 ASUS routers). The printer is plugged directly into the network (via ethernet) and we have never had any issues.
Right now I have a Brother MFC printer connected via hard wire to my (old) router. A Mac Pro, two Mac Books and a PC access the Brother printer via wifi.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 19, 2017 02:01PM
prym,

If you're talking connecting the printer to the router via USB, then yeah, you'll likely have issues. That's a problem with most any non-apple router. However, if the printer is connected to the router via ethernet, then you shouldn't have any trouble. Same goes if you connect the printer to the network via wifi.

Robert
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 19, 2017 02:08PM
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Robert M
prym,

If you're talking connecting the printer to the router via USB, then yeah, you'll likely have issues. That's a problem with most any non-apple router. However, if the printer is connected to the router via ethernet, then you shouldn't have any trouble. Same goes if you connect the printer to the network via wifi.

Robert
Ah ha -- right you are. It's been so long since last setup, I forgot. The Brother printer is indeed connected to the existing router via Ethernet. Thank you.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 19, 2017 02:49PM
.....Airport Express works great for printer.....had mine connected for years now.......



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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: Buck
Date: December 19, 2017 03:28PM
I have an ASUS router and 2 HP Wifi printers. It just works!
No problems. If it doesn't work it must be the settings.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 19, 2017 04:21PM
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Buck
I have an ASUS router and 2 HP Wifi printers. It just works!
No problems. If it doesn't work it must be the settings.

I suppose a WiFi connected printer would be akin to one hardwired via Ethernet. Seems like rub lies in USB connections to printers.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: December 19, 2017 08:29PM
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Buck
I have an ASUS router and 2 HP Wifi printers. It just works!
No problems. If it doesn't work it must be the settings.

I suppose a WiFi connected printer would be akin to one hardwired via Ethernet. Seems like rub lies in USB connections to printers.

I used my Asus router to network an ancient Brother USB/Serial printer for a few years. (My current printers both have Ethernet and WiFi.) Biggest problem as I recall was simply that I had to look up the name of the printer queue on the router and set it up as a TCP/IP printer whenever I set up network printing on a Mac.



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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 19, 2017 09:27PM
Thanks, folks. This is very helpful. I knew I could count on the group!
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 20, 2017 09:32AM
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prymsnap
Thanks, folks. This is very helpful. I knew I could count on the group!

Would you mind sharing which Asus model you are considering? I am wanting to upgrade my wireless network too.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 20, 2017 12:15PM
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prymsnap
Thanks, folks. This is very helpful. I knew I could count on the group!

Would you mind sharing which Asus model you are considering? I am wanting to upgrade my wireless network too.

Right now looking at AC88U or AC3100. It's confusing though -- it appears that the two are essentially the same except the AC88U has more ports (not an issue for me) and apparently has an easier set-up protocol.
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Re: Pre-purchase F/U: Asus router doesn't play nicely w/Mac networked printers??
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 21, 2017 03:26PM
$270 vs $10 a month rental = 27 months, so you gotta stay with comcast for more than 27 months to break even... and hope whatever it lasts at least 27 months before breaking or stop being supported by comcast...



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