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  1. grabbit97

    grabbit97 iPF Novice

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    S there a way to print using my home network? I do not have a wireless printer, the printer is connected to my pc using a USB cable. I have wifi in the house via a router
     
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    Check the app store for printing apps made by your printer's manufacturer. The big printer companies have apps, you just have to check the details re compatibility for your printer.
     
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    Look for an application called Fingerprint by Collobus Software. It runs on your PC and allows your iPad to print through your PC. Free to try; $10 o to keep. It works pretty well.

    Tom
     
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    tdrew's suggestion is probably your best solution; but I'll add some more general info; just in case.


    Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. If you want this feature 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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    Thank you, I will try AirPrint activator
     
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    No problem.

    Personally I think the extra features you get with FingerPrint (or Printopia) and ease of setup are well worth the price; but if all you want is printing and you're willing to work through the setup then Activator should do the job.
     
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    Activator worked like a charm....bought it....THANK YOU
     
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    You are welcome.

    Though I thought AirPrint Activator was free. I'll have to look into that.
     
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    No, had to pay 6.99 for it
     
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    Could you supply that link? Most sites I see have it as donation ware (though those are for the OSX version).
     
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    It's in the app store PRO PRINTER is the name
     
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    Did you mean Printer Pro?

    Has nothing to do with AirPrint Activator. They are two completely different methods of printing from the iPad.
     
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    Yes, printer pro is what I bought. It didn't work with IP address so I configured it the other way, although I can't print my emails for some reason.
     
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