Only have ipad 1 how to connect to hp printer

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by travelluna, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. travelluna

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    iPF Noob

    Dec 8, 2011
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    Hi new here,

    I only have an ipad 1 I bought the hp all in one printer. I have no computer to put the disk into. when I look for the operating system the ipad does not come up. does any one know how to get the necessary drivers or downloads to set up the printer. I am a grandma need baby steps or amy suggestions greatly appreciated
  2. leelai

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    Apr 24, 2011
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    A very informative thread from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also

    I've moved your thread to our Help Section where you will receive a better response.

    Once again we welcome you here and are so pleased you have joined us!

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
  3. twerppoet

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    Jan 8, 2011
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    The iPad does not work like a standard computer. You can't download drivers for it and install them. Here's an overview of printing from the iPad.

    Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. This includes several HP printers and a smaller selection of Canon and Epson printers. 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 a couple 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.
  4. Parrori1

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    Jul 21, 2011
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    Get the HP Home&biz app loaded to your ipad. Usually this will work with most HP wireless printers.

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