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How Do I Print From iPad to Printer?

Discussion in 'AirPrint' started by pdmike, Mar 3, 2011.

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    I have an Epson, Artisan 710 printer. It has Wi-Fi capabilities. My home computers (3 of them) run on a wireless network.

    I want to be able to print from my iPad. I have Pages on my iPad.

    Everything I read says I can print from my iPad to my printer - but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of it all, everything kind of dissolves in a muddle of confusion, based upon what I have read so far on this Forum and generally on the Internet.

    With what I have, can I print from my iPad to my printer? If so, would someone be so kind as to give me a little easy-to-understand, step by step on exactly how to do it?

    (My printer is not on the AirPrint compatible list.)
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    Unless that printer was specifically designed to print with the iPad you have to have the printer connected to a computer that is running the Bonjour Service (iTunes installs this service). Then you have to install an AirPrint service and configure it to start the Bonjour Service from the iPad. The iPad and the printer need to be on the same wireless network for all this to work.

    AirPrint is a PITA to configure on a Domain network. If it is a home network (workgroup) it works wonderfully.

    I don't recall the webpage that has the instructions for installing the AirPrint service but a quick google for AirPrint should get you there.

    Nate
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    Another possibility is to use a third party app, such as 'Print N Share'. This app cleverly inserts itself into the iPad's in-app AirPrint printing menu so that it 'appears' like an AirPrint printer. It then 'translates' the AirPrint printing protocol to a form that your printer 'understands' and connects via WiFi to your printer. Most all WiFi printers are supported but, even if they're not, any printer can be used if it's connected to a host PC using a free PC or Mac app that enables your PC/Mac to connect to your iPad wirelessly.

    I'm not connected with the company that markets this app, but I've used it to connect my Samsung Color printer (not an AirPrint compatible printer) with no problems.

    You need to be running iOS 4.2.1 at least and the Print N Share app needs to be running under iOS multi-tasking.

    Let me know if you need any further information.

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    Physically connected (USB cable), or Wi-Fi connected? My printer is set up to run wireless, and prints from my compter via a wireless, home network.
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    You know...I don't know. I do know it has to be shared by the PC it is connected to. If you can access it from the PC via WiFi and then share it I bet it would work.

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    Translation, please? ;)
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    Print'n'share has to run in the Multitaskbar.

    So essentially you need to start it at least once, or wireless printing won't work
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    WiFi is fine - or USB - Print N Share just routes the printing via your PC to your printer - using whatever connection your PC-printer was using normally, so even Bluetooth would be OK. Basically, if you use this method, Print N Share sends the printing to your PC and then it's printed just as if some PC program - such as Word or Internet Explorer - was trying to print. You even get in the iPad a choice of printers, if your PC happens to have multiple printers connected.

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    I've never specifically printed from my iPads, but did from my iPod and iPhone using PrinterShare. You have to pay for the priviledge, but it works well. My wife uses it with her laptop all the time (because her laptop has curious network issues).
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    Same here. US only app?
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    Sorry for lack of specifics here. Don't know if it's US only? It's a Mac print app that sits on my MBP, and my iPad prints through it via wifi. iPad "sees" every printer that allows sharing on the network and can print through any of them. It works quite well. Not sure if this would be of help to you.
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    Well I learned through the webpage that it can only be downloaded by a Mac, so I can't use it on my iPad because my iTunes runs on a PC.
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    Had the same Ipad printing problem with Artisan 710

    ...and I just downloaded the trial version of Printopia (ecamm.com/mac/printopia/). Worked immediately!! Full version is only $9.95.. cheaper than buying a new printer! :)

    John
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    I have my ipad connected to my wireless printer via my home network and it works fine
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    Can ipad connect to non-wireless .i.e usb printer to print? Any model? Or ipad only can print using wifi?
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    That is only possible with 3rd party apps.

    With Print'n'share, you should be able to hook up the printer directly to the iPad via USB through the camera connection kit and print.

    Or so did the app description make me assume. I can't actually get it to work, when the printer is connected to the iPad via USB. The app only searches for Wifi printers. Makes me wonder what they mean by you can print via Wifi/Bluetooth/USB.
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    I think the way it works is that your printer is connected direct to the hub/router which is then set up through your hime network which then you can connect too with your ipad
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    It is my understanding - although I have Print Central - that you can print either directly to a printer by WiFi or indirectly via the Developer's additional free app for your PC to a USB or Bluetooth printer connected to your PC. i.e. the PC needs to be switched on too and the iPad then communicates with your PC and the app in the PC transfers that printing to the printer attached to your PC. For sure, that's the way it works with Print Central.

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