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Printer wireless for Mac Pro and  I pad.?

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Need to get a printer wireless for Mac Pro  also can be use with the IPad  this is possible? Thank  you

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to Rosavilla)

    Any printer on the market these days that offers wifi and AirPlay can be used... I have a preference for Canon printers. You might want to take a look at the new Canon MX922 - it just dropped by $51 on Amazon. I bought one but returned it, preferring my trusty Canon PIXMA MG8220 (which I just bought a few months ago). I just have so much invested in ink for the MG8X20 series and the MX922 lacks a rear feed tray. But it's a true 'all-in-one' - print, copy, scan & fax.

     

    Clinton

  • DLMiller Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 6:44 PM (in response to Rosavilla)

    You can buy many wireless printers for thew MBP just as Clinton mentioned. I too have the Canon PIXMA MX880 and it works flawlessly for the mac. However, the iPad is a differnt story as the IOS devices do not work the same on all printers. Right now the IOS devices (iPad & iPhones) only work on select HP and Epson printers. Not sure why that is at this point in technology advancements, but it just is. Maybe Apple will allow printing from all wireless printers in the next software upgrade.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 6:53 PM (in response to DLMiller)

    The Canons support AirPrint (I said "AirPlay" but meant "AirPrint") and works with all iOS devices. I've tested it with numerous iPhones and iPads and both the MG8220 and the MX922 work flawlessly.

     

    Clinton

  • DLMiller Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    Sorry Clinton, but I've owned two wireless printers and neither worked. I then contcated Apple personally and they explained that it only works on select AirPrint printers unless you download software like HandyPrint but the IOS devices do not work out of the box on all wireless printers.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 7:15 PM (in response to DLMiller)

    No, if the printer has AirPrint, it will print from iOS devices. Both my current Canon PIXMA MG8220 and my (returned) MX922 worked flawlessly with iOS devices and AirPrint. NOT ALL WIFI PRINTERS ARE AIRPRINT COMPATIBLE. But the two I mention are - Epson and HP have no exclusivity to AirPrint.

     

    You're just going to have to trust my personal experience on this one - my Canon MG8120 WAS NOT AirPrint compatible - my MG8220 IS.

     

    Clinton

  • DLMiller Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    Thanks for the clarification.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 7:29 PM (in response to DLMiller)

    See http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/AirPrint.

     

    I had many problems with HP printers in the past, but never a problem with Canon. Canon inks are more expensive, but I am starting to use 'other' brands, compatible with Canon, that I've found from Blake Printing Supply on Amazon. $40 for which Canon would charge over $200.

     

    No third-party inks, yet, available for the MX922, though...


    Clinton

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 7:45 PM (in response to Rosavilla)

    Any of the current HP e-Print capable printers support AirPrint capabilities without even having to enable the e-Print stuff that's purely HP.

     

    Also, make sure your exisiting network router at home supports multicast protocols.  The majority of retail routers support this and you won't have issues, but I've run into problems with carrier issued modem/router combo units from Comcast made by Arris that don't support multicast and other protocols and hence, will not allow for the necessary discovery protocols for AirPrint to work across the wired or wireless network.  In cases like that, the fix is to place those units in "bridge mode" and then use your own router behind it that doesn't restrict that capability.  Just FYI.

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    Thank you for answering part of the original question, but any idea about whether it supports both iPads and Mac's with Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.2? Thank you.

     

    Yvette

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 8:00 PM (in response to Mtabt)

    Yes - even Google devices. I've printed on my MG8220 from iPads and iPhones and with an Android device. The MG8220 is a good buy - but Amazon has lowered the price on the MX922 to $150, down $50 since I purchased one.

     

    As I said, I highly recommend Canon printers and know for a fact that they can print from iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

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