HP Officejet Pro 8500 A909a

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    Has anyone figured out how to print from the iPad to a HP Officejet Pro 8500 A909a? I have my HP Officejet Pro 8500 A909a connected directly into my router but the iPad doesn't see it as an available printer. Thank you.
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    Before we get into more complex fault finding - have you tried the iPad 'cure all' - switched the iPad completely off and then on again (by holding down the Power button for a couple of seconds until the slider control appears)? OK - you probably have done this, so don't get mad! But it's a good first step.

    Otherwise, get back in touch with us.

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    A quick look at the AirPrint compatible printers, and it doesn't look like your's is on the list. iOS: AirPrint 101

    That being the case you'll need a third party app to print with. Print n Share, and PrintCentral are popular.
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    I have the same problem. I found print central pro that works but isa bit clumsy. Found a possible solution but too involved for me.
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    Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. 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.

    iOS: AirPrint 101

    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) other print apps can only print pictures and/or files that have been copied to that app via Open In or other method. Print n Share used to be able to print from AirPrint enabled apps if it was loaded the background. It lost this ability with iOS 5. It may still work with iOS 4 if you get it before the app is updated in the App Store. Several printer manufacturers have their own apps for their printers. In general those apps will probably have the best results, quality wise.

    The second 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).

    There is a third way. 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 (several 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.

    There is a new wrinkle 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.
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    This is strange. Because I own HP officejet pro 8500 A and I'm 100% sure that she works GREAT with airplay.
    I did use it a 100s of times with no problems. And if you look carefully in the 101 list you are going to find it.
    So you don't need the eprint center or anything else. I even can scan document with my ipad using hp home and biz app.
    Hope I helped a little.
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    Sometimes only sub-modles are supported. If you look even closer at the list you will see that the A909a version is not listed.

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