Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Printing From an iPhone/iPad
I was recently asked how to print directly from an iPhone or iPad.
Surprisingly, it is not sufficient to use a printer connected to an Airport Express or Airport Extreme wireless network.
To print directly from an iPad / iPhone you need an AirPrint compatible printer or another device to act as a print server.
Here's a list of AirPrint compatible printers
If you want to use an existing printer, it is possible but requires third party products.
A Mac computer can function as a print server for iPhones/iPads if you buy Printopia or HandyPrint
The Mac must be "on" but may be asleep for them to work.
You can also buy this standalone print server.
I recently AirPrint enabled my mother's household using an HP 1606dn Laser Printer which is AirPrint enabled. It is very simple to use and unlike software-based solutions, it is operating system version neutral.
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM