How to print from my iphone using airport extreme and WIFI printer?

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  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

    eclipse01

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    I know I can hook it up to the APE via usb, but can I someone use it via wifi? Or link it to my router via wifi.

    Yes I am aware I can just hook my wifi up to my router via WAP but I don't believe it will allow me to airprint with my phone.
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    You didn't say - is your printer an airprint-compatible printer?
    Read this, including the link about how to print from iPhone:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201311

    Airprint is a simplified, no-driver printing method that requires compatible software in the printer.
     
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  4. davidoloan, Apr 14, 2015
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    davidoloan macrumors 6502

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    There is a third diy option :

    If you have can find an old netbook you can :

    Install Ubuntu on it ( I think it's only some versions, but they are all available on the Ubuntu website). I can check the version I am using if you are interested in doing this.

    Select "share printer with other systems" on the netbook.

    Connect the printer to the AirPort Extreme by Ethernet / wifi.

    Connect the netbook to the AirPort Extreme by Ethernet.

    Turn off wifi on the netbook.

    Set up the printer on the Ubuntu netbook and give the printer a name you want to see on your iOS devices.

    You will then have iOS printing for everybody in your house 24 hrs a day. It has worked flawlessly for me for two to three years. The only issue I had was Ubuntu didn't always reconnect automatically to wifi after a power cut, so I just turned off wifi in Ubuntu and connected the netbook by Ethernet.

    We have various Macs in our house, but they have multiple user accounts and two are laptops, so having a cheap throwaway netbook always in place 24hrs a day is much simpler for the non techies in the house. In fact I don't think they are aware of the netbook. They just know they can print from their phones.
     
  5. wksj macrumors member

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    Your phone should see the printer if they are on the same network. I just connected them to the same WiFi network and it just works. I guess it depends on your printer?
     
  6. davidoloan macrumors 6502

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    You must have an AirPrint printer. Most printers are not Airprint.
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Thanks for that. Works well.
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    You are most welcome! Glad to hear that it worked out for you.
     

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