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My iPad can't find my wifi printer.

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Fasted60 Calculating status...
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Mar 14, 2012 6:23 AM

My iPad can't find my wifi printer, I have 3 PC the can use it via the wifi and one that is hard wired. The iPad says "No air printer available".

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to Fasted60)

    What kind of printer is it?  To print from the iPad, it is preferred that you use an approved Airprint printer from this list:



    If you are not using a printer on this list, you won't be able to print using AirPrint.

  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 7:09 AM (in response to Fasted60)

    Simmer down.  There are alternatives:  First would be to get a new printer, one on the list that is compatible with Airprint.  Another option is to use a universal printing app.  There are several in the App Store which people have used successfully:  Print n Share and Print Central come to mind.  Third, Canon makes an app for use with their printers.... you might want to try that.  Be aware, however, that the App may be designt to *primarily* print photos and not other documents such as Word docs or PDFs.  You should check the app specs to be sure though.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,460 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 7:22 AM (in response to Fasted60)

    Sell your iPad and forget about it!

  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:23 PM (in response to Fasted60)

    Fasted60 wrote:


    Tgara, Thanks,  It is a new printer, and yes the canon app only does photos.  What bothers me about the iPad is how much it is limited because od Apple restrictions.  It's just an over sized iPhone (I like the iPhone)  that can't make phone call and is to heavy and won't fit in my pocket.  It great for face to face, but takes lozzy photoa (low res). I've taken photos with both and there is a big difference.  The OS hangs, the screen locks into one possition, it's to heavy to hold for a long time, has a great display, but if I squize the frame to hard it does things I don't want it to do. . It's just a toy and it's way over priced.


    There are others who share your concerns about the iPad being limited.  And there are others for which those limitations are not significant factors.  Neither is right or wrong, it's simply a matter of how you personally use the device.  Everybody is different about these things, so I'm glad we have choices.   


    So, if the iPad isn't working as you want it to, sell it and get something else.  Or just use your iPhone.  Given your list of concerns, maybe an iPhone would be better for you than an iPad.  But FYI, the iPhone still uses Airprint.  Everything I mentioned above about Airprint on the iPad applies to Airprint on the iPhone.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,455 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to Fasted60)

    You failed to read the tech specs, tried to use a piece of incompatible equipment, generally had no clue as to what you were doing but it's Apple's fault?


  • Xstrandman Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 12:48 PM (in response to Fasted60)

    Yeah, pretty sure this isn't Apple's fault. Like the above poster said, you failed to read tech specs and tried to do something that just isn't compatible. That's your fault and nobody elses.

  • TooDarkPark Level 4 Level 4 (1,495 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to Fasted60)

    In reality, an iPad is not a PC and Apple is calling our wold a post PC one for some stupid reason. In my world, an iPad can't replace my MacBook so I don't own one yet. Untill an iPad can do the same things that my MB can do, I won't waste the money on buying one.


    Sure I only use my computers for internet and syncing with my iPhones  and syncing with my iPhone isn't something  that an iPad can do yet. Plus I can't download things from the internet and save them on the ipad, only photos.


    As for printing, I just connect my printer via USB to my MB the few times a year I want to print something. Sure it's a limit in useage but air printing was something that has only existed a short time so it's something I really never got to use and soit's easy to live without.

  • Fugufish Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to Fasted60)



    The lack of network printing capability is a fundamental flaw in all iterations of the iPhone/iPad. Sadly, we are expected to shell out for an AirPrint capable printer to do this basic task. As mentioned, there are workarounds. I use ePrint. FingerPrint is also very good Mac/PC utility for $10 that will allow your iPad to use all of your network printers. The downside is that you have to fire up a PC/Mac to print.

  • WiseJD Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to Fugufish)

    I have not tried to print anything as yet from the iPad 3rd gen., but did know this would be tricky to say the least.  I do have an iMac that stays on 100% of the time and also a MBA that is typically in sleep mode during the day when not in-use.  Everyone had told me I would just need to send what I wanted to print as an email.  I also read that if you had a Mac you could share the printer in some fashion.  I didn't know I needed to buy some software utility for the Mac to make this work however.  Can you offer more detail?

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