Apple's Print Solution

Discussion in 'AirPrint' started by RAC, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. BrennB

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    You don't need another app nor Mac.

    I don't have the exact thread but its here in this forum (I'm being lazy at the moment). Take a search for 'enable AirPrint" there is a manual method for both Mac and pc. I successfully printed from my canon today after following the setup process
     
  2. Tinman

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    Well I guess the rumors about Apple removing the ability to print from non-e printers was true. I was able to print to my WiFi HP printer... but only if I shared it from my Windows PC. This worked in betas 2 and 3 and the first GM. But the final 4.2.1 it no longer works. I can't believe they really did it.

    Damn!


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  3. BrennB

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    Yeah I really didn't want to have to wakeup the laptop to print.
     
  4. Tinman

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    I assume you mean the thing where you manually load and then start a service on a windows box? I did that and while my printer is showing on my ipad again, it won't actually print. Might try rebooting but something seems to be getting stuck. I see my printer but when I select it to print the spinning wheel "busy" indicator just spins and spins and then stops. Never prints.

    Oh well. Of course I just bought this HP wireless printer right before the e-print models rolled out. Typical of my luck lol.




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  5. BrennB

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    Did you getvthe firewall message, do you have a passcode on your windows login? Try creating a guest account...that worked for me, then the printer actually started communicating with the iPad


    Oh and sad thing is pc has to be on and awake...which defeats purpose but yeah
     
  6. Tinman

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    Thanks.

    I didn't get the firewall message.... at least not at first. I had to manually start the airprint app on my pc and that forced a firewall popup. Once cleared all is well.

    I do need to enter my username/password but I print so rarely it is not an issue. Not worth opening up a guest account with no password. My PCs are locked down tight.

    Thanks again.


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  7. ScottXe

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    It is still unclear how AirPrint to operate. I have a iMac wireless connected to my Netgear wired and wireless router. My HP network printer is also connected to the router using an ethernet cable. They work correctly. My iPhone 4 is connected to the router using wi-fi at home. The AirPrint cannot detect my printer at all. However, I download a demo version of Printopia and it works correctly. Can someone explain in detail how AirPrint operate. Is there any official technical explanation of AirPrint? All explanations are too simple to introduce it.
     
  8. kierandill

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    Without "help", Airprint will only "see" the supported printers. "Help" comes in the form of something running on a PC or a Mac that makes that computer's shared printer "look like" a supported Airprint printer. An "Airprint server", if you will. Printopia is one of these, and works fine.
     
  9. Bob Maxey

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    However, that is allot of effort and some of us use other operating systems. It seems to me that everyone that uses Pages would want to be able to print to their printer. Then again, I am old and perhaps my ideas are far too silly.

    Not to pitch a complaint at Apple, but they specifically talk about how the iPad is a great business tool. And . . . they specifically mention how you can easily print to a wireless printer using WiFi. Not all that true but not entirely a fib, either.

    I have tried several workarounds, but still, I can't print directly from Pages. Seems to me, any platform served up to the public as a grand business tool should be able to print to any modern WiFi enabled printer without all the fuss and bother and more cash sent to the Apple Money Factory.

    Pages is a word processor and any wp that does not allow you to print is often worthless.

    Then again, I am old and not as geeky as I once was.

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