Printing From Your iPhone and iPad

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Have you ever wanted to print from your iOS device (iPhone / iPad)? Code Blue Computing a Denver based I.T firm receives inquiries into setting up wireless printing from an iPhone or iPad weekly.

There are many options available to print from these devices.  The first is simply get a printer that supports Apple’s Airprint. Currently, not many manufacturers have this capability built into their printers, especially for printers manufactured before 2010. And besides, why throw out your perfectly good printer? The truth is, you can use your Windows PC or even Mac as an AirPrint print server to print from your mobile device.

There are plenty of software options available to Mac to make this magic work but the Windows PC is somewhat limited.  We found a solution with software called  FingerPrint by Collobos.  They have a free trial version that you can try it out.  To purchase, it is only $19.95.  We’ve been using it in our office to print off service work orders from the iPad.  It’s easy to set up too.  Simply share a printer connected to a Windows PC.  It even can be a wireless printer.  Install FingerPrint and it will see the printer.  That’s it!  Next, go to your iOS device and open an email or website.  Touch on the Arrow button in the menu bar.  It should give you a drop down box to Print. In the Printer field, touch it to search for “AirPrint” printers.  It should locate your newly installed “AirPrint” printer.  Now, you just touch “Print” and watch the magic happen.

 

Basic Requirements:

  • Your iOS device must be at version 4.2 of the OS to support printing.
  • FingerPrint requires iTunes to be installed as well.  This is because the Bonjour service that iTunes uses is required by FingerPrint in order to do its magic.
  • FingerPrint works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
  • Your wireless router needs to support multi-casting and bonjour as well.  Most newer WiFi routers do either by default or through their advanced settings.  Check your router documentation.  A simple firmware update on the router may be required.

 

Some WiFi routers enable AirPrint functionality by simply making available any network printer attached to it either via wireless or wired network.  NetGear is one such example.  The NetGear Genie application installed on your PC provides the same functionality as the Collobos FingerPrint but it is only available to those who have a NetGear router.

Enabling your iOS device to print brings a lot more capability to your device.  What you once had to email yourself, walk over (or go downstairs) to your desktop computer or Mac and print out can now be done while you’re reclined in your E-Z chair or laying in bed.

If you need assistance getting your printer connected to your iOS device, Code Blue Computing is here to help.  We can get you going in a short time with our remote desktop session. Call us today at 720-746-9763 or email us at info@codebluecomputing.com to get your appointment scheduled.

Code Blue Computing is Denver’s premier I.T. source specializing in small businesses as well as home users.  We can help with computer repair, networking, virus removal, servers, data backup and recovery, and much, much more.  Our service area includes Thornton, Arvada, Denver, Westminster, Northglenn, Erie, Superior and Lafayette.

Code Blue Computing, Inc.
12303 Airport Way, Suite #200
Broomfield, CO 80021
720-746-9763
 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple, AirPrint, iPhone, and iPad are all registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.  Collobos and FingerPrint are registered trademarks of Collobos Software.  No copyright infringement intended.

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