3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2013 6:45 PM by soccer24601
applehockey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking for options or ways to print to a USB or other type of printer from an iPad2 without a wifi network or other computer in thehouse

The ipad2 is connected to the internet via Verizon 3g service

I don't want to have to use a printer service like kinkos etc

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (83,535 points)

    You can't. You need a WiFi connection in order to print. There is no way to do this via USB - AFAIK.

  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (6,160 points)

    You have a problem..   There are a couple of solutions, none great.  Do you already have a printer?


    There is no wired way for the ipad to print.  It just wont.

    If you have an airprint printer, some of the printers allow you to set up an ad hoc wireless connection between the pad and the printer, with no wifi network present.  The problem with that is when you turn on the wifi, the 3 g is turned off, so you could not print from a web page, for example, unless you saved itnfrom 3 g, then fired up the wireless printer connection.


    The other option, if your printer does not do ad hoc, is to buy a cheap router, and establish a minie wifi network ( no internet needed), but you are stuck with the same 3 g issue as above.


    In short, there is no real good way to print from a pad without using wifi.

  • soccer24601 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have solved this exact requirement by purchasing an HP Photosmart 6520 wireless printer.  Works like a charm.


    I have an iPad with 4G cellular, and I have no wireless router for Internet in the house.  My only Internet connection is 4G through Verizon cellular.  I have no wifi router, hence no wifi network.


    The HP 6520 has a "Wireless Direct" mode, and the setup guide tells you exactly how to set it up for wireless printer if you have no wireless router.


    You set up the wireless direct through the touchscreen menu, and the printer publishes its own SSID.


    On the iPad, and also my iPhone, I connect to that wifi SSID.


    Then using the iOS print apps in Mail, Safari, Photos, etc. - Print to the HP Photosmart and it works perfectly.


    No router needed at all.


    And the cool part, I can print Photos from the iPad or iPhone to the Photosmart, which has a nice 4x6 photo paper tray, and the Apps and printer are smart enough to send it directly to the photo paper (vs. the normal 8x11 paper).


    And this particular printer will print 2-sided if you want it to, and this option is presented to you in the iPad and iPhone printer dialogue.


    This printer was $110 at Best Buy.  I am quite a happy camper.  Getting one now for my mother also who has iPad with 4G but no wireless router.