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drennman10 Level 1 Level 1
We don't have an AirPrint compatible printer in our WiFi network. The computers are Windows XP Professional.

Is there any app that will allow to print over my existing network to existing printers?

iPad, iOS 4, PC XP Pro
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9
    Is there any app that will allow to print over my existing network to existing printers?


    Search the app store before posting. there are dozens of such apps.
  • drennman10 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks. I have seen the many apps but it's hard to sort out what works from what doesn't really work. I did "buy" one but it didn't work.

    I was hoping for some feedback on what had worked well.
  • Bonesaw1962 Level 4 Level 4
    I've toyed around a bit with WePrint..it will actually print wirelessly from the wi-fi card on the ipad, direct to the wi-fi card on a Windows XP laptop, then use the network printer associated with the laptop to do the print job...
  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3
    Greetings,

    Download PrintCentral, or PrintBreau, and you will be good to go. They work really well for the iPhone and iPad.

    They aren't free, but if one can afford an iPad, one can afford either of these. 7.99, and 12.99 respectively.

    Cheers,
    M.
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
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    I did "buy" one but it didn't work.

    Which app did you "buy"?
    Did you contact support for that app?
  • Bobh1072 Level 1 Level 1

    Chris,

     

    Then best app I found is one called Fingerprint. I don't have one of the listed AirPrint compatible printers but my printer is fairly new and works great. I tried several of the other app's and seemedmto always have a problem getting it to consistently allow me to print. I tried Fingerprint for 10 days free and it worked flawlessly so i purchased it and haven't had any problems. The app can be found at Colobos Software. I believe it is www.Colobos.com

     

    If that isn't correct look for FingerPrint or Colobos. Support was good but I only had questions, not problems.

     

    I hope it works for you as well as it did for me.

     

    Regards,

    Bob

  • Mobile Blues Level 4 Level 4

    If you have your printer connected to your Mac or PC I would highly suggest Printopia http://www.ecamm.com/ I have used there product for a while now and it works great. I print from multiple iPads, iPhones etc. A bit pricey at $19.95 but you get what you pay for.

  • LossAngeles Level 1 Level 1

    While I respect your choice I think it's utterly rediculous to have to purchase an app to send data to a wireless printer from the iPhone. Apple needs to get this together. It's a laughing joke that iOs 5 still doesn't support this basic function.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
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    LossAngeles wrote:

     

    While I respect your choice I think it's utterly rediculous to have to purchase an app to send data to a wireless printer from the iPhone. Apple needs to get this together. It's a laughing joke that iOs 5 still doesn't support this basic function.

    iOS (since 4.3.2) does support this basic function.

    It's up to the printer manufacter to support AirPrint.

     

    FYI: You can use AirPrint Activator (free) on your Mac to enable printing to non-AirPrint capable printers.

  • Bobh1072 Level 1 Level 1

    If your comment was directed at me regarding the Fingerprint app, all I cn say is that it works and works well. I didn't say you had to buy it. The issue was the IOS. I'm not sure if IOS 5 fixed the issue or not.

    Have a great weekend.

  • paulfromhere Level 1 Level 1

    It's possible to use free software (Virtualbox and Ubuntu) to fix the broken iOS 5 Airprint printing with non supported printers.  Here's a fix that works on my imac, but should also work on even a windows pc.

    My setup is a lion imac with 2 non-airprint supported usb printers attached, a belkin wifi router that provides network connectivity for my imac, ipad, and iphone.

    Install ubuntu 11.10 in a virtualbox vm.  Specify to use the "Bridged Adapter" with "en1: WiFi (AirPort)" for the network hardware.  Make sure the imac's usb printers are setup with sharing.  On ubuntu, select System Settings > Printers and add your imac's shared printers to the list.  Then start ubuntu's firefox and set "localhost:631" in the address. On the administration tab, under the Server section, check "Share printers connected to this system" and hit Change Settings button to activate it.  Go back to ubuntu's printer setup, and right click on each printer and check that the properties Policies tab does not have any messages about it being unshared. If so, then go back to firefox and make sure the Server sharing checkbox is enabled. It may help to reboot.

    Fire up virtualbox to be able to use AirPort printing to your imac's usb printers, when you want to print from the iphone or ipad. This also works on iOS 5.

    Only problem is error message from iphone to check the printer for errors, even though it actually prints ok.

     

  • michaelleggerie Level 1 Level 1
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    I have a non compatible Brother printer.  I installed a free app called netgear genie on my mac.

    http://download.cnet.com/NETGEAR-Genie/3000-2651_4-75803003.html

     

    I can now print from my iphone/ipad from any app.  e.g. email, ibooks (or any pdf app), notes, photos, etc.

     

    All this time I thought I could not print but did some research and voilà!

     

    Hopefully this helps....

  • michaelleggerie Level 1 Level 1
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    I have a non compatible Brother printer.  I installed a free app called netgear genie on my mac.

    http://download.cnet.com/NETGEAR-Genie/3000-2651_4-75803003.html

     

    I can now print from my iphone/ipad from any app.  e.g. email, ibooks (or any pdf app), notes, photos, etc.

     

    All this time I thought I could not print but did some research and voilà!

     

    Hopefully this helps....

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