AirPrint Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by swindmiller, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. swindmiller macrumors member

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    My parents both have iPads and iPhones and a Brother printer that is not AirPrint capable. Their main gripe is they cannot print easily to their printer. I was just going to buy them a new printer for Christmas that supported AirPrint but, to put it bluntly, they are old, do not like change and like their printer :)
    What would be the easiest and most reliable way to add AirPrint to their current printer without having a computer in between and it would be mandatory that they be able to print natively through IOS (without a printer specific App) .
    Will a print server help? If so what is a good recommendation?

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. techwarrior macrumors 65816

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    Brother makes a lot of AirPrint capable printers, perhaps find one that is close to their existing printer in terms of functionality and maybe even cartridges, and they may never know the difference. I think some Brother printers are capable of adding a wireless adapter, and many offer Scan\Print multi-functionality which might be a nice addition.

    There are AirPrint enabled adapters (Print Servers), but the prices of these are probably close to the price of an AirPrint capable printer and one more device to maintain. Apple sells a Lantronix Print Server for $199, and Amazon has the same for $144. Some routers have USB ports for printer sharing, but whether or not they support AirPrint is uncertain.

    I understand the resistance to change, but in the end, a little change that makes it easier to print will be welcomed, even if it means learning a new printer. An adapter is one more thing they need to think about if printing fails, where an AirPrint capable printer just needs to be turned on to work.
     
  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I think that adding AirPrint capabilities is going to be more kludging and difficult than simply buying an AirPrint capable printer. techwarrior is right - find a similar Brother printer, which is probably less than $300 (if not $200) and set them up with that. I just bought a new one and AirPrint works brilliantly with no meaningful setup necessary (even my highly locked down work iphone can print to it).

    BTW, what is it your parents "like" about their printer if they have a hard time printing to it? A printer has one job - if it can't do that, what's to like?
     
  4. swindmiller thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help guys! All of this makes sense, and they are not "tied" to the printer but if there was another way to accomplish this without change on their part that would have been ideal. I now agree that a new printer seems like the best option as I dont want any other failure points added to the mix.
    Thanks Again!
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    What about installing an Airport Express and connecting their existing printer to it? You could get a refurb or a used one pretty cheap.
     
  6. 1k9 macrumors member

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    I use the “brothers iPrint&Scan”. You can download it in the App Store for free. I have my printer connected to my router. It’s a Brothers HL-2170w.
    Works great.
     
  7. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    Does that actually add AirPrint capability? I know you can use it to print from a Mac, but I didn't think it worked from iOS devices. (Of course, I haven't look at it since I replaced my setup with an AirPrint printer years ago.)
     
  8. techwarrior macrumors 65816

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    I don't think so.
     
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I added a AirPrint color laser brother printer for $200 in my house and it works great. Nice upgrade from the traditional ink printers.
     
  10. 960design macrumors 68030

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    As everyone has mentioned, purchase a similar printer from this list:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201311
     
  11. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Oops. My mistake.
     
  12. techwarrior macrumors 65816

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    Got me thinking. So, I pulled up Help in AP Utility:

    You can connect one or more AirPrint, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, or WPS-compatible printers to your Wi-Fi network.
    AirPrint, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or USB-compatible printer: After connecting the printer to the base station or Time Capsule, all computers on the network can print to the printer. If the printer is AirPrint-compatible, iOS devices can also print to it.

    Too bad, that would be a nice extra feature!
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    Brother has a boatload of AirPrint capable printers! Surely there is one in the list that is similar to the current printer, so they don't have to learn too much.

    As I recall, many Brother printers use the same ink cartridges, which would seem to be a bonus for change-averse older folks.

    A couple years ago, we upgraded my parents with a Canon MFP. They are change-averse but loved the AirPrint capability. And, with their MacBook Pro, they are even able to scan wirelessly. Needless to say, with a little coaching, they were ecstatic to be able to print from their iPads.
     

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