Skip navigation

3G and print impossible?

4950 Views 26 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2013 8:02 PM by bytmee RSS
1 2 Previous Next
Elperro2 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Apr 6, 2011 7:28 AM
3G and wi-fi are mutually excluding, so AirPrint is not possible egen using 3G ?I understand concerns about power but it could enable them both while printing.
iPad 2
  • ClayG Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 7:35 AM (in response to Elperro2)
    No, you cannot use 3G to print. Communication with the printer is made through a local Wifi network. In order to do the same via 3G, you'd need a 3G-enabled printer which, as far as I know, doesn't exist.

    What IS possible, though, is to print by email. Some printers (I think HP makes a few, and maybe others) allow you to email a document for printing directly to the printer. Try a Google search for "print via email".
    MacBook Pro late 2008, 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6), iPhone 4, iPad Wifi, Apple TV 2, Time Capsule
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 7:37 AM (in response to ClayG)
    I think the OP means allow Wifi and 3G to be active at the same time so he can use 3G AND print over wifi at the same time. That's my take anyway.

    I do not know the answer to that part. Sorry...
    IMac, Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • ClayG Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to red555)
    Oh, yes. I think you're right. I misread the question. In response to that, I'd say: Wifi is generally faster and uses less battery than 3G. If you have a Wifi signal available for printing, wouldn't you also want to connect to it for general connectivity? Why would you want to use 3G in this situation?
    MacBook Pro late 2008, 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6), iPhone 4, iPad Wifi, Apple TV 2, Time Capsule
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 8:18 AM (in response to ClayG)
    ClayG wrote:
    Oh, yes. I think you're right. I misread the question. In response to that, I'd say: Wifi is generally faster and uses less battery than 3G. If you have a Wifi signal available for printing, wouldn't you also want to connect to it for general connectivity? Why would you want to use 3G in this situation?


    And, in fact, the iPad is supposed to default to WiFi for general connectivity if it's available.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3G Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad 1 & 2
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 9:20 AM (in response to Elperro2)
    Elperro2 wrote:
    ......There is really no fundamental reason for the problem unless embarrassing bugs from Apple counts.

    What bug are you referring to ?
    IMac, Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 9:46 AM (in response to Elperro2)
    There is a reason. Wifi has priority when both are available for data usage and speed purposes. A consequence of this is for non-Internet wifi networks, the device attaches to the wifi network without Internet access. Not sure how that qualifies as a bug but more as a tradeoff.

    You can go to www.apple.com/feedback and recommend they change this.
    IMac, Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Rich Fleming Level 6 Level 6 (13,415 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to red555)
    red555 wrote:
    Not sure how that qualifies as a bug but more as a tradeoff.


    In my opinion, WiFi should have priority... as in being first choice in a list of available connection methods. There should be a hierarchy.
    If there's no internet connection via WiFi, the device should automatically attempt to gain internet access using another connection method as a fallback option. In this case, 3G.
    (My BlackBerry works this way, as an example.)

    (I have no idea if Apple deliberately designed the networking in this manner, or if it's indeed a bug.)
    13" Al MacBook | Time Capsule | AppleTV | BlackBerry 9800 | iPhone 4
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 6, 2011 10:30 AM (in response to Elperro2)
    Elperro2 wrote:
    No need for tradeoff. When using 3G and requesting Print there should be a, temporary if necessary, use of wi-fi because the printer can only be there. No need to change the Internet access.

    That sounds like a good idea to me....
    Www.apple.com/feedback
    IMac, Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • robertfromport saint lucie Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 7, 2011 8:36 AM (in response to Elperro2)

    My problem is that I do not have a Mac or pc in my home, therefore no wifi, just 3G.

    I had to go to a friends house to get my original download to make my iPad 2 work.

    Isn't there any way to match a printer with an iPad 2 that only has 3G access ?

  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 7, 2011 10:42 AM (in response to robertfromport saint lucie)

    All above is only partially correct and yes there IS a 3G printing method but it requires a third party app and a helper app on a PC or Mac.

     

    Specifically you need to purchase PrintBureau

     

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/printbureau/id363371015?mt=8

     

    Combine with Weprint server and configure using an email address (They recommend a googlemail) and you can print over 3G.

     

    Combine with the "open in" dialog to print from a other apps !

  • robertfromport saint lucie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 7, 2011 12:42 PM (in response to Keith Doherty3)

    Kevin, so I still need a pc or Mac to make it work.

    I need something that will work on 3G Without a pc or Mac.

    I don't have either one.

1 2 Previous Next

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.