Wired Printing or Other Solution for iPad
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Wired Printing or Other Solution for iPad
I am wondering if there is a way that i could get something to be wired and print or any other way that doesn't require having a wireless network.. I have the original wifi ipad and am looking to have a printer in my van so that i can print for my customers as i need to.
I have researched all over and have read all the stuff about setting up networks, airprint, and emailing the file to an email then having it print but none of that will work because it will be in my van and i don't have any way to set up a network so i need a different way to get this done.
I do have the iPhone 4s and could jailbreak it then tether my ipad and the router but i don't want to have to jailbreak my phone because it is what i use everything for with work.
03-22-2012 09:21 AM
There is no wired print solution for the iPad; which is why you can't find it.
You can set up a wireless network without getting internet access. As long as the AirPrint printer is available on the local network it will work with the iPad. A few people have used a small router like the AirPort Express to create a mobile network in their vehicle.
Though this setup will require you to switch back and forth from your 3G connection and wi-fi: you won't be able to access the internet and print at the same time.
From what you've said you've probably seen most of what I'll post below, but just in case.
Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. If you want this feature be absolutely certain the printer supports AirPrint before buying. Some printers may require a firmware update to work. These are usually available on the manufacturers site. If you get this kind of printer you can print directly from within apps that support the feature, which is many.
iOS: AirPrint 101
Of course some of us already have printers and do not want to buy a new one. There are several ways to do this.
One is to use a printing app on the iPad.
Most (or all) other print apps can only print pictures and/or files that have been copied to that app via Open In or other method. Print n Share used to be able to print from AirPrint enabled apps if it was loaded the background. It lost this ability with iOS 5. It may still work with iOS 4 if you get it before the app is updated in the App Store. Several printer manufacturers have their own apps for their printers. In general those apps will probably have the best results, quality wise.
The second method is to load a program on the computer that will emulate an AirPrint compatible printer. Your computer must be on and have the printer available to it. The cheapest (free) is Airprint Activator. More features can be had with FingerPrint (mac and windows) and Printopia (mac only).
There is a third way. A few printers (mostly HP's again) can be set up with their own email address. PDF attachments can be sent via this address to be printed. The last review I saw (several months ago) said it could be quite slow (big files not recommended), and sometimes the emails got lost and never printed. The advantage was that you could literally send/print from anywhere you have an internet connection.
There is a new wrinkle for small business owners and those with more than one printer who would like all their printers to work, but don't want to leave a computer on all the time. The Lantronix XPrintServer is a small box that connects to your network and is supposed to detect and make all your wireless printers available to iOS as AirPrint printers. I haven't seen a full review on it yet, so do your research.
There is a way ... I've been happily printing for a while from my iPad to my battery-operated HP H470 with absolutely no wires (and no router / pre-existing WiFi connection - it operates in AdHoc mode). Literally just the iPad and the H470 - in fact, one time in a marquee in the middle of a muddy field with no power and a long way from the nearest WiFi connection, so it can be done from literally anywhere.
Originally Posted by zackman2091
I also couldn't find any info on a true mobile printing solution for iPad (or iPhone/iPod for that matter) but felt sure it must be possible, somehow - so once I'd sorted it all out, I wrote down the solution and the steps to get it to work in the hope of helping others:
Hope that's useful to someone!
Thank you for this. It is the first I've heard of being able to print on an Ad-Hoc network.
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