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Old Jan 14, 2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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How to print from iPad Mini on the go?

I use my iPad Mini for invoicing for my contracting company. Most of the time I e-mail the invoice to the customer while I am standing there in their house, but sometimes they want a hard copy (some people still don't use e-mail!!!) so I would like to be able to wirelessly print to a blank and white laser printer in my van outside of the house.

What is the best way to set this up? Minimal cost hopefully.
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I use my iPad Mini for invoicing for my contracting company. Most of the time I e-mail the invoice to the customer while I am standing there in their house, but sometimes they want a hard copy (some people still don't use e-mail!!!) so I would like to be able to wirelessly print to a blank and white laser printer in my van outside of the house.

What is the best way to set this up? Minimal cost hopefully.
Buy an hp printer with eprint. Set up a wireless hotspot from your 4g ipad. Connect the printer to that. Send the document to your printers email address. Watch it print.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Well, you need a printer, a router, a AC/DC converter, and a lot of work.

I'd send them an invoice via snail mail.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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It's a shame that they don't make a 12V DC printer with AirPrint. You'd think printing from a vehicle would be more popular now that tablets are being used for business.

I also don't like that I would have to setup a router to do this. Being able to directly connect to the printer would be nice.

I have a wifi only iPad Mini. However, I have an iPhone 4S that I connect the iPad Mini to in order to get internet access. Can I use that as the mobile hotspot instead of a router?
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I use my iPad Mini for invoicing for my contracting company. Most of the time I e-mail the invoice to the customer while I am standing there in their house, but sometimes they want a hard copy (some people still don't use e-mail!!!) so I would like to be able to wirelessly print to a blank and white laser printer in my van outside of the house.

What is the best way to set this up? Minimal cost hopefully.
Just get an AirPrint enabled printer and a AC/DC converter.
Pretty straightforward and NOT a lot of work.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 05:08 PM   #6
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Just get an AirPrint enabled printer and a AC/DC converter.
Pretty straightforward and NOT a lot of work.
It would actually be an Inverter.

That part isn't a lot of work, but I am looking for the easiest way. I was hoping people knew of a 12V printer made to be mounted in a vehicle. Will the movement in a vehicle disturb/damage a normal printer?

Another thing that you didn't touch upon is the router aspect. Unless you know of a way to print directly to a printer from an iPad???
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http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/tab...fault#overview

Buy this and get that ad/dc converter and it will connect to your iPhone 4S hotspot.

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It would actually be an Inverter.

That part isn't a lot of work, but I am looking for the easiest way. I was hoping people knew of a 12V printer made to be mounted in a vehicle. Will the movement in a vehicle disturb/damage a normal printer?

Another thing that you didn't touch upon is the router aspect. Unless you know of a way to print directly to a printer from an iPad???
When your iPhones hotspot is on, it functions as a router.
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HP has a mobile printer that will work, but you'll need the optional battery and wifi adapter, making it pretty expensive:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...e-00004ea33a0a
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HP has a mobile printer that will work, but you'll need the optional battery and wifi adapter, making it pretty expensive:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...e-00004ea33a0a
That printer has neither eprint nor AirPrint so it will not work with an iOS device.
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HP has a mobile printer that will work, but you'll need the optional battery and wifi adapter, making it pretty expensive:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...e-00004ea33a0a
Yeah, it's also a color inkjet. I switched over to laser and refuse to go back! Black and white is all I'll need.
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And how does one connect a printer to a iPhone hotspot?
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And how does one connect a printer to a iPhone hotspot?
The same way you would connect a printer to a regular wifi connection. You use the screen on the printer if it has one, otherwise you connect the printer to a computer and enter the Wifi name and password on the computer which saves to the printer for the future use so you can use it wirelessly.
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Found it, not a bad price either.

So just to confirm, I WILL be able to connect that printer to my iPhone 4S and then print from my wifi iPad that is also connected to my iPhone. Correct?
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Found it, not a bad price either.

So just to confirm, I WILL be able to connect that printer to my iPhone 4S and then print from my wifi iPad that is also connected to my iPhone. Correct?
Yes, I have done it before.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 05:57 PM   #17
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Yes, I have done it before.
Excellent. Thanks.

That will save the expense and hassle of hooking up a router.
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Excellent. Thanks.

That will save the expense and hassle of hooking up a router.
No problem! If you have any issues just send me a personal message and I can help you out.
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