A regular portable wifi printer will work with iOS 4.2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mamcx, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. mamcx macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    I wonder if is possible carry a portable WIFI printer, and with no other computer (just the printer + iPad) be able to print stuff.

    I haven't a portable printer yet, so I'm open to suggestion.

    P.D: If exist any portable printer that have their own battery, best... Be small is a plus... Is for print tickets and small stuff like receipts...
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    The only printers that work right now independent of a computer is a few HP printers. Anything else will need to be directly plugged into a Mac or a PC with iTunes.
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    You are generally correct but just to clarify, "plugged in directly" also includes WiFi printers connected wirelessly to a PC or Mac. For example, I have a Canon WiFi printer connected (wirelessly) to my iMac. If I set up the iMac to share the printer, I can use iOS 4.2 to print from my iPad to that printer. The iPad can't print directly to the printer, even though it supports WiFi.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Some form of driver is needed so either they reside in the printer themselves (AirPrint compatible printer) or a computer has them. I don't believe that connection to the host needs to be physical.
  5. andrewb21 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I have printer sharing turned on, and I have a Lexmark wifi printer which is networked to my Mac. However on my iPad (4.2 Beta 3) when I hit print, it says "No Printer Detected". Anyone find a way around this?
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Must enable sharing through iTunes beta 10.1 if on windows or the mac 10. whatever (i dont use Mac so idk). If you dont have these then you cannot print.
  7. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    You need to have your Mac share the printer via System Preferences->Sharing->Printer Sharing. And of course this means that both the printer and your Mac need to be on and awake when you try to print.
  8. Roadking macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2008
    I believe

    I read somewhere that some
    Epson and HP printers have apps that will allow you to print direct from your ipad. I am certain that at least the HP printer I was researching (don't remember the exact model) didn't need to be hooked up to another computer.
  9. mamcx thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    Ok, but none yet that is portable? In my scenario, I don't have a regular PC, only carry the iphone/ipad + printer.
  10. goojam macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2011
    I need the same thing.

    I use my ipad to create invoices while out at a job site. While I can email the invoice straight from my ipad, sometimes, people don't have an email address so I have to wait until I get back to the office to print off an invoice and snail-mail it. I'd like to have a small portable printer in my car that I could print to. If anyone has suggestions...
  11. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You could try the smallest HP printer with ePrint/AirPrint and use a DC power inverter.

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