Mobile printer

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  1. Pinkipad

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    I'm looking for a wireless mobile printer for my iPad 2. Looking for low cost, lightweight, compact and easy to configure.
     
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    So this needs to be on the list of AirPrint compatible printers on the Apple website, if you want to print directly - but I'm not sure any of those are portable. You'll also need a device for assigning the IP addresses, such as the Apple Airport Express.

    Maybe another Member has a suggestion?

    Tim
     
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    Do you think if a network printer had a wireless module fitted then would Air Print work on any printer? We have a lot of lexmark printers
     
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    I just purchased new ipad2, but do I have to buy a new printer to be able to print from it?
    If so that is bad news because my current HP 7200 series printer is relatively new and quite expensive. It does not have airbrush capability.
     
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    I have an HP 7200 series printer which is wireless, but my ipad2 does not recognize it. I know it's not an airbrush printer. Any suggestions?
     
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    Apple have their own proprietary printing protocol called 'AirPrint'. Only a few printers support it at present - HP is one of those that do and you can see if your model is on the list at the Apple web site

    Apple - iPad 2 - Print right from your iPad with AirPrint.


    If it is there, then you can print directly under iOS 4.2 and 4.3 from apps that support in-app printing, such as Apple's iPad iWorks suite ('Pages', 'Numbers' and 'Keynote'). Not all apps support in-app printing, so you need to check out whether the app you're interested in does. For example, Apple's native iPad 'Calendar' app does not support in-app printing.

    If your printer is not on the list then there are third-party apps that can help. Some printer manufacturers have released apps for PCs with their printers connected (i.e. Lexmark). On these models, an app on your PC or Mac 'pretends' to be an AirPrint printer and the app translates the AirPrint printing protocol into a form that the printer understands.

    However, there are standalone apps for the iPad and 'Print N Share' is one of the best known. It can print directly from the iPad to a WiFi printer without any PC being involved. It does this by 'pretending' to be an AirPrint printer. It then, similar to the previous case, translates the AirPrint printing protocol to a form that your printer understands.

    Most all WiFi equipped printers are supported by 'Print N Share' but even those few that are not are able to print via a PC using, again, a small (free) app that's available from the developers of 'Print N Share'. Once again, this app sits on your PC or Mac and links your iPad to the printer via your PC - meaning, too, that the printer can be WiFi, USB or even Bluetooth. The downside is that the PC has to be switched on.

    One 'issue' that sometimes confounds users of 'Print N Share' is that this only works under iOS 4.2 or 4.3 - the iPad's 'multi-tasking' operating system (OS). 'Print N Share' needs to be loaded and running before you can print!! So, if you're going to be doing some printing, you need to first of all fire up 'Print N Share' and leave it running in the background. You can check whether it is running by double tapping the iPad's 'Home' button, to see the tasks that are 'loaded' in the 'Multi-task' menu bar. For various reasons, it's helpful if 'Print N Share' was loaded quite recently. If you haven't printed for a while, use the multi-task bar to 're-activate' it.

    If you're happy to leave your PC switched on then another - and probably better - way forward is to use a PC program called FingerPrint. This is a program that runs on your PC and makes it 'look' like an AirPrint printer. It's as close as you'll get to plug-and-play printing for non-AirPrint printers. You simply download the program (there's a free 7-day version available so you can try it at no risk), install it, start the program (it automatically inserts itself into the PC's startup menu) choose the printers you want to offer to the iPad - it shows you the usual list that you get from a regular Windows print dialog box - and that's it. When you want to print on your iPad (there's no separate app for the iPad) you simply choose the print menu in apps that support in-app printing and FingerPrint makes your PC look like an AirPrint printer. You'll be offered, in the iPad, the choice of printers that you selected on the PC and off you go. FingerPrint receives the printing data from the iPad over WiFi and translates it into a form that your printer understands. I have it on my PC and it works just great.

    Hope this helps, but don't hesitate to post any more detailed questions that you might have.

    Tim
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    http://iosprinting.blogspot.com

    Depending on what you mean by low cost - a 2nd hand H470 with a wifi dongle will work in AdHoc mode (you need to assign a manual IP address to your iPad2 when on that network).

    I looked for ages for exactly the same thing and in the end had to make some educated guesses and take a leap of faith - but now I'm printing wirelessly (literally - not even a power cord) and with no router involved :)

    I made a blog with further details to help people like myself who couldn't find the info needed, or even determine if it was possible - iosprinting.blogspot.com - hope that helps.
     
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    Print N Share, $10 USD in the App Store will print to any wireless printer. Excellent program and worth the $$$$
     
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    Thanks to all. I have the HP470 but have been unable to get the wireless dongle to work. Next week an HP service rep is going to remotely hook it all up, so maybe ... if it works, I'll be back!
     

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