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Can iPad connect to a printer?

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Cody Ray Rosenbalm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 30, 2010 8:07 AM
Is it possible for iPad to connect with a printer?
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • dlg_az Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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    May 30, 2010 8:45 AM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)
    Not natively. You'll have to use one of the third party print apps in the App store.
    Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPad 64GB - Macbook Pro 13" - iMac 27"
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    May 31, 2010 3:37 AM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)
    ..and with the 3rd party app, it will need to be a wireless connection, not a wired connection.
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  • Corsair Noir Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 31, 2010 8:02 AM (in response to dlg_az)
    which app is the best for printing?
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    May 31, 2010 3:57 PM (in response to Corsair Noir)
    Please search the apps store and read their features. There are many listed there.

    The "best" is subjective based on your requirements.

    Also, read the reviews to see what users have to say...
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  • Rick Sr Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 29, 2011 11:23 PM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)

    With iOS 4, you CAN wirelessly print to certain wireless models of HP (Hewlett Packard) printers natively WITHOUT purchasing a printing app.  For a list of iPad compatible printers, please go to www.apple.com/ipad  

    There you can find the list of HP printers that will automatically print from your iPad.  I have found print apps for use with other brands of printers can be a hassle to set up and use unless you have more than casual experience with the iPad.  I wish iPad printed natively to other brands but that hasn't happened yet.  So the easiest and most reliable way to print without a lot of setup is to get an iPad compatible HP Printer. 

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6 (12,310 points)
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    Apr 30, 2011 9:07 AM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)

    The advantage of the AirPrint technology, which does not require a separate app but does require an AirPrint enabled printer (currently the only ones are HP) is that you can print from your iPad without having your laptop on. That's terrific for those who are trying to use their iPads for a large part of their work.

     

    I have the HP Envy printer, one at home and one at my studio, and it's a dream. It's compact and unobtrusive and can also scan to a flash drive or SD card. (If your wireless network is connected to the Internet, you can also set up the printer for HP ePrint, which is printing via email from any device, but that's a separate topic.) The Envy printer is also heavily discounted at online sellers.

     

    Here's the list of AirPrint printers:

     

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airprint.html

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  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (5,420 points)
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    Apr 30, 2011 9:14 AM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)

    I have an hp photosmart, and it also works like a dream.  The difference is that HP decided to make their printers airprint compatible - and other printer manufacturers have not.  I do not understand why - HP has sold a ton of printers to ipad and iphone owners - but none of the others seems to be wanting to get into that business. 

     

    I guess it all comes down to $$, development costs, and what they perceive the market to be.  But HP has proven that it is doable, and reliable.

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6 (12,310 points)
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    Apr 30, 2011 9:20 AM (in response to pjl123)

    It was a smart decision by HP. I'm a Canon girl and love my Canon photo printers and use Canons in my classroom and would never have bought an HP printer, but the Envy is a terrific product, so props to HP.

  • Votoanbi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 2:29 PM (in response to Cody Ray Rosenbalm)

    Can I hook my iPad up to my printer?

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,275 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to Votoanbi)

    depends. without knowing your specific printer and model no one can say for sure but

     

    if it's an airprint enabled printer you can.

    If it's not an air print enabled printer check with your printer manufacturer. Some of them have apps that allow printing. Some also have access to things like google docs which can allow you to upload your file then download it to the printer

    Failing that, there are apps like print n share that allow printing to 'any' wireless printer

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