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Airport Express for Printing from iPad 3

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    Hello all,
    First time iPad 3 user (it's not even here yet)!

    I don't have Internet service in my home, but want to set up a WiFi network so we can print from iPhones and iPad3.

    It seems like (from research) that this is very doable with the Airport Express (AE) router, with a printer plugged into the USB port of the AE router?

    Am I wrong? Remember, I have NO Internet service.

    Thanks all, and I'm sure I'll need lots more support along the way.
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    Whilst that should work any wifi router should set you up a local network so it needn't be an Airport Express. The key to getting an AirPrint Printer to work is that it should be on the same network.

    The Archangel
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    The iPad does not support printing from the USB port on the AirPort Express. At least not directly. There are workarounds, but they all involve having another computer on the network to host the drivers and AirPrint enabling software.

    For direct iPad to printer printing, you need an AirPrint compatible printer on the same network. As Gabriel says, that doesn't have to be and AirPort Express. It can be almost any wi-fi router.

    AirPrint basics
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    Many thanks

    I really appreciate the quick reply on this Archangel. It sounds pretty straightforward. Thanks for the tip!
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    Good warning

    Thanks for the link on AirPrint basics, and for the USB hookup information. I suspect that will save me from some
    headaches down the road. I appreciate your feedback!
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    No problem. Please let us know how it all goes.
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    I have a printer connected to a PC. The printer is set to be shared, and computer is on same wifi as my ipad. What should I do to be able to print anything from ipad?
    Thanks
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    You need to install an AirPrint enabling app on the computer. This will make any printers connected to the computer available to the iPad.


    Printopia - Ecamm Network Mac, (OS X) only
    FingerPrint - Collobos Software Windows or Mac
    How to Install AirPrint Activator for Windows? Window or Mac

    AirPrint Activator is free, but basic, and the least user friendly setup.

    Both Printopia and Fingerprint will let you print to folders or send the file as a PDF to an app as well as basic printing. This can be handy when you just want a quick PDF (or jpg if a picture) without printing things out. You can even target your DropBox folder on the computer for convenient printing/sharing to the cloud.

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