iPad mini How to print from iPad Mini on the go?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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    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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    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.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    Just get an AirPrint enabled printer and a AC/DC converter.
    Pretty straightforward and NOT a lot of work.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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???
     
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    http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/ta...&productId=1218650524037&tab=default#overview

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

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    When your iPhones hotspot is on, it functions as a router.
     
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    And how does one connect a printer to a iPhone hotspot?
     
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    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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    Search best buy for
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  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    Yes, I have done it before.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent. Thanks.

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

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