Print from Your #iPad to Wireless Printer?

Source: Cult of Mac on How to Print from your iPad

A  colleague asked recently, What printer would you recommend for printing from an iPad?  Would any wireless printer work?

Although I'm not sure of the answer, here are two approaches I was able to discover. You may also want to read this Cult of Mac blog entry on 
How to Print from your iPad

What solutions do you use that work for you?

APPROACH #1 - iPad/Computer Software Installation

a) Print-n-Share ($8.99)
This seems like the best app solution you can get, enabling printing on Airprint and non-Airprint printers. With this app installed, you can Print to ALL printers (Not just AirPrint Printers) as well as print direct to most WiFi/Wireless printers without extra software. 

You can also print to ALL printers and any document type via your Mac/PC. Print remotely over 3G and in corporate/other networks where WiFi is not available.  Find out more online at:

The same vendor makes PrintCentral, also reputed to do the same thing.

b) Printer Pro for iPad ($4.99)
It will print via an existing computer with software driver loaded that is connected to a printer. Find out more online at:

APPROACH #2 - Wireless Printer that Support iPad Printing

a) Airprint 101 - Wireless Printer Support
To print directly from your iPad to a printer, you may want to read this introductory document--Airprint 101--on the subject, if you haven't already. Note that there is a list of supported wireless printers at the link below.

b) Setup a server or router that will process iPad requests for printing, then print to the chosen printer. Joel Adkins (Kerrville ISD) is evaluating the Lantronix xPrintServer Wireless. Here's a bit from their web site:

xPrintServer fills the gap between the productivity of iPads and iPhones and the inability to print from those devices to office networked printers.
As small as any iPhone, xPrintServer leverages Lantronix' patented technologies, along with open industry standards to enable wireless printing to nearly any printer attached to a network. No software. No apps to buy. No configuration necessary.

Approach #3 - How to Install Airprint on Windows 7 Computers

Copied for archival purposes below, you may want to click the title of this approach to access the original content and web site. Thanks for those critical directions!


Steps to Enable AirPrint on Windows 7/Vista/XP:

  1. If you have 64-bit Windows OS, go to C:\Program Files (x86) and create a new folder calledAirPrint as shown in the screenshot below:
  2. Enable AirPrint on Windows
    OR
  3. If you have 32-bit Windows OS, go to C:\Program Files and create a new folder called AirPrint as shown in the screenshot below:
  4. AirPrint on Windows 32-Bit
  5. Download AirPrint.zip from here (Mirror) and unzip it in the AirPrint folder you created in the above steps.
  6. Enable AirPrint on Windows
  7. Go to run and type "CMD" to open Command Prompt as shown in the screenshot below:
  8. Open Command Prompt in Windows
  9. Now use the following set of commands respective to your OS version:
  10. For 64-bit Windows OS:
    • sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= "C:\Program Files (x86)\AirPrint\airprint.exe -s" depend= "Bonjour Service" start= auto
    • sc.exe start AirPrint
    Enable AirPrint on Windows
    For 32-bit Windows OS:
    • sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= "C:\Program Files\AirPrint\airprint.exe -s" depend= "Bonjour Service" start= auto
    • sc.exe start AirPrint
  11. As soon as you will start the AirPrint service, Windows Firewall will prompt you allow or deny AirPrint features to be shared over networks. Click on Allow access button.
  12. Enable AirPrint on Windows
AirPrint on iPad
Thats it. Now open any document or email on your device with iOS 4.2 installed and click on the Printoption to print the document wirelessly over a Wifi connection. [via MacRumors]


Anyone know of other solutions like this?

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Comments

Danny said…
Very good steps on setting up the air print. thanks for posting.

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