My beloved 6+ year old HP 995C finally went to that great big printer queue in the sky. ::sniff sniff:: I loved that printer. I think it’s the first time I actually kept a piece of hardware until it just plain wore out and stopped working. And they said it couldn’t be done. 😉
The best part about my workhorse HP 995C was its built-in Bluetooth. No speed demon, but every Mac in the house has Bluetooth so as long as one had patience, we could all share the same printer. I could have purchased another wireless-ready printer, but in the end I decided to go for a budget all-in-one printer (the HP Photosmart C5280 at just $129) and use an extra Airport Express that Eric had (he bought a second one on a business trip a few months ago when he realized he forgot to pack it) to allow all the Macs in the house to print wirelessly.
Easier said than done if the Internet connection is not through an Airport Extreme base station.
Took me at least 4 hard resets and start overs of the base station to figure out that was the problem. Either that, or it’s just the WEP encryption in the #@#^@^ Westell 327w DSL modem that Verizon insists I have to use. I left the WEP encryption because it was the default and I didn’t have a good reason to change it. Until now.
Over and over again the Airport Utility would see the Airport Express, see the Westell gateway network and agree to join it, only to never make it back from the obligatory “please wait for your base station to restart” dialog box. I’d wait. And wait. And wait. Hard reset. Try something else. Repeat.
Rather than futz with changing password formats to get WEP working, I just switched the DSL modem over to WPA2 encryption. Airport Express joined without a hitch. Printer works great all over the house. Tons faster than printing over Bluetooth.