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jlinn@neep.org Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 31, 2011 7:24 AM
My iPad does not recognize an available printer. I have a Dell 5130cdn with wireless. My computer is a PC (sorry); Dell E5510. Household wireless network off a Belkin router. My Dell computer is printing to the wireless printer, no sweat. My family's iMac Pro recognizes the wireless printer. But the iPad does not pick up the wireless printer. 'Send to' 'Print', 'Select Printer' 'Searching for Printers', yields, 'No Printers Found'. Am I doing something wrong? How do I get the iPad to recognize available printers?
iPad, iOS 4, iPad
  • Rich Fleming Level 6 Level 6 (13,415 points)
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    Mar 31, 2011 7:32 AM (in response to jlinn@neep.org)
    The printer needs to be AirPrint capable... and the Dell 5130 is not.
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  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,695 points)
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    Mar 31, 2011 7:48 AM (in response to jlinn@neep.org)
    There are printing apps available that will allow you to print to any printer. You may have to download an application to your PC as well for these apps to work. Usually the app for the PC is free app if you buy the iPad app.

    You can search through the app store for them. A very popular choice (from my readings on these threads) is called Print n Share by Eurosmartz.

    This will tell you which printers currently work with AirPrint.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4356

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  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,275 points)
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    Mar 31, 2011 9:36 AM (in response to jlinn@neep.org)
    Check with Eurosmartz about the Dell printer working with Print n Share without your PC being on. It works with all HP wi-fi printers and some Epsons. Others are patchy, hence the need to check first.
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  • DanK 1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After Apple Tech support said NO I was able to print to an Airprint HP 110a with out it being connected to a network router. Works great for my Mom who only has 3G for internet access. Here's how. (Suggest you update firmware to be sure if you can) Go to a WiFi source. Turn on printer and follow the start up instructions on the display. Log onto WiFi and update to current firmware. Navigate to Wireless and select "Restore to Default Wireless Settings"
    In same menu select " Enable Wireless" . This sets up an Ad Hoc computer to computer network. On your iPad go to WiFi and log onto the printers WiFi name.
    It will be listed as HPxxxxxxx with a list of numbers. Once logged on open a Doc. or Web page and select print. Select your HP printer which will show up and Print. The first time it may take up to a minuet for some reason. After that it will print almost instantly. Enjoy
    ipad, iOS 4
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,365 points)
    It will be listed as HPxxxxxxx with a list of numbers

    No it won't, because the original poster has a Dell printer.
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  • DanK 1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry. Your are correct. I posted to the wrong question.
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  • Mzmarzy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 8, 2011 8:32 AM (in response to jlinn@neep.org)

    I bought printcentro pro (eurosartz) and it works with two hp printers and a Brother printer.  The software recognized my canon selphy photo printer too, but I haven' used it yer.

     

     

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  • annfrombrookline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2011 4:58 AM (in response to Rich Fleming)

    Hi- I have the same problem with my IPAD and HP OfficeJet 6500 All in One printer. IPAD cannot find printer. Any suggestions? Thanks, Annie

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,695 points)
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    May 13, 2011 5:47 AM (in response to annfrombrookline)

    If your printer is on the list of compatible HP Printers - and I think it is - maybe you have to download the latest driver that may be available for the printer. Have you looked into that scenario?

  • annfrombrookline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2011 5:50 AM (in response to Demo)

    Hi- just, I downloaded the latest and still no luck. I have a WI-FI plus 3G IPAD. Do you think it might help if I turned off the 3G? I am getting so frustrated, I have tried everything that I can find for documentation and it just keep saying No Printer Found. Thanks so much. Annie

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    May 13, 2011 6:04 AM (in response to annfrombrookline)

    To print using AirPrint, the router has to support Boujour - your router may need firmware updates or is simply not compatible, like some/all Belkin routers.

     

    And, this happens on wifi only, not 3G.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,695 points)
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    May 13, 2011 6:10 AM (in response to annfrombrookline)

    Did you read Dank 1956 post above about connecting with 3G? Maybe you could try that if you haven't already done so.

     

    Have you tried rebooting your router, turning off the printer and turning it back on and rebooting your compuer as well? Just reboot everything that you can and then try. Update your iOS to 4.3.3 as well?

     

    You could try turning off the 3G and see if it helps. I have the original iPad and an old Lexmark All-in-One printer and I use a 3rd party app to print from my iPad.

     

    Go to Apple's Airprint Site here...

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

     

    Click on your printer in the list and it will open to Apple's Store and you can read some of the reviews from people that bought that same printer. Maybe you can get an idea there as to what you can try next.

     

    After that, I would log onto HP's web site and find a trouble shooting section and see what you can find there. I'm sorry but that is about all that I can offer for help.

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    May 13, 2011 6:14 AM (in response to jlinn@neep.org)

    Ah, Belkin router!  There have been many posts suggesting (some?) Belkin routers do not support Bonjour.  Without that, AirPrint doesn't work.

  • annfrombrookline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2011 6:16 AM (in response to pvonk)

    Hi- I have Airport router from Apple. Does that help? Is that made by Belkin or something? Annie

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