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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions - Site Assistance' started by harrybeard, Dec 17, 2013.
Is there any third party software or hardware to make a non air print printer work with an iPad ?
I need to update this, but it is still mostly correct. The main change is that the FingerPrint software by Collobos is no longer available. They now have a subscription based service. If anyone has alternate software for Windows computers to take its place, I'd love to hear about it.
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.
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) printing apps can only print pictures and/or files that have been copied to that app via Open In or another method. Several printer manufacturers have their own apps for their printers. In general those apps will probably have the best results, quality wise.
Another 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).
Printopia - Ecamm Network
FingerPrint - Collobos Software
How to Install AirPrint Activator for Windows?
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 (many 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.
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.
Some NetGear router models support NetGear Genie, which will add AirPrint support for printers on your network. If the printer is not wireless, it must be shared on the network, and the computer it is connected to must be on.
Also, you can check if the brand of printer you have also has an iPad app. Then check the app info to make sure it will work with your wifi enabled printer.
yes as in dhewson777 post a lot of printers do do their own apps for printing, but you can also check out print n share as well as printopia