How can I easily iPad-print in my truck?...

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  1. John L

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    I want to be able to print paper invoices in my truck. An inverter to power the necessary hardware isnt a problem. My question is...

    Will an Airprint enabled printer connected via USB to an Airport Express (without an internet connection) satisfy the iPads airprint/wifi connection requirements and work for me? I really need a solution to this.
     
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    An AirPrint capable printer and AirPort express should be able to do what you want. However you will not need to plug the printer into the AirPort's USB port. You just need them both on the same network, and the AirPrint printer will join via it's Wi-Fi feature.

    I is not necessary to have internet to create a Wi-Fi network and have both your iPad and printer join it. Once they have, it should work. (I keep using should because I've never done it, of course).

    But only an AirPrint printer will do this without extra software.

    iOS: AirPrint 101
     
  3. Sally Marshall

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    We Print quotes and invoices from our truck from the iPad with a mobile router and PrintCentral Pro with an HP H470 portable printer and works really well.
     
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    The extra software part. Thank you for mentioning it. I suppose I could have gone into more detail. :)
     
  5. John L

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    Excellent! Would you have details on the mobile router?

    I assume also an Airport Express would get that part done too (but only with an AirPrint printer)?

    Thanks to all.
     
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    The Airport Express is a fairly normal router (other than compact size). It should work with any wi-fi printer. Also, AirPrint printers should work with any router.

    The iPad on the other hand has been known to be picky about what routers it works with, so confirming that the router works well with it should be the priority.
     
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    it sounds familiar - I think it could be one of those - he's still on tour (it was hard enough for me to remember the printer name!)

     
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    I've been researching this for months and just got it to work today. I bought the ENVY HP printer. Today I went to best buy and for $31 bought a Netgear Simple Sharing router. I also got a power inverter with 2 outlet plugs. I walked to my truck plugged everything in and both the ipad and the printer immediately read the Netgear router once it was turned on. I didn't have to do anything. I don't have to be hooked up to the internet. It was a big burden to finally get this figured out and working. (By the way, this site helped me with the tips after reading so many unanswered questions for weeks out there on the internet. When I walked into Best Buy, the first guy to help me didn't believe me that I could do this without being on the internet, so it was frustrating to have them not even know. But it works great!)
     
  9. John L

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    CJ,

    That's good news. Did you buy the printer at best buy too? Is that an airprint printer? How much was your printer? Are you printing right from the iPad o.s. Like airprinters do or are you using a printing app? I am looking to utilize the default o.s. Print function as much as possible.
     
  10. John L

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    Sorry, I noticed the specs on the envy printer say "Built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n". I dont understand why we need to use the seperate wireless router
     
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