Printing from iPad when printer is connected to Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 0blivion, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. 0blivion macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2008
    Hey everyone!

    I have a quick question, and yes, I did try searching for an answer. LOL!

    Anywhoo, I have a Samsung printer connected to my Time Capsule. This allows me to pring wirelessly from any computer in the house. Now, when I got home, updated my iPad and discovered that I wasn't able to print (as you need a newer printer) I was shattered! But, I'm still wondering, if my iMac can print wirelessly to the printer, why can't my iPad? I mean, once I am connected to my wireless internet connection, on my iMac, I have an option to choose the wireless printers. Is there anything I can do? I was hoping my iPad was able to pick up the printer from the connection. I really don't want to pay ten bucks to use a feature that is long overdue and personally required on a device.

  2. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    No. Even though your printer is wireless, there are only certain HP models which have ePrinting capabilities that can AirPrint.,2817,2373145,00.asp

    I am in the same situation. I have a Wireless HP Photosmart printer that is not support. I am using Printopia to make it work through my MacMini.
  3. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    Unfortunate the majority of us with very good printers that aren't hp can't take advantage of the airprint feature unless they d/l a 10$ program to their computer. Even then it won't take full advantage like those compatible hp printers will.

    Apple should realize the majority of people aren't going to run out and buy one of these hp printers and throw their other printers away. Feature is no good if most can't even use it.
  4. reluttr macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2010
    What do you mean? I have the airprint hack installed on my windows PC and I seem to have all the features that a compatible printer would.
  5. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    That's the thing. We shouldn't have to buy printopia or hack or whatever just to have airprint. It should of been compatible with all printers from the very start.

    That's just my opinion anyway

    I most likely will be getting printopia anyway. So I'll just have to live with it, until apple eventually makes it compatible with all printers.
  6. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Get this.

    I have a network printer, a usb printer and a printer on Airport Extreme and can print to all of them without a problem. Just make sure you first delete, then add and share the printer over the network. That's how it worked for me.
  7. CavemanUK macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2006
    Rhyl, North Wales
    I think they just mean you don't get truly independent wireless printing. You need to have a computer switched on to act as a print server.
  8. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Yes, this is the way to go until Apple gets their act together. I actually just downloaded the beta files (there are only three files needed) and didn't bother with the app/installer. But either way, it works nicely except that you will need to use your printer sharing and make sure your computer is awake for iPad printing.
  9. mdurwin macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    This is clearly an iOS issue not a printer issue. From Apple reps you get the same answer:
    You can only print from your iPhone or iPad to certain printers.
    If it's a printer issue then you shouldn't be able to print using Time Capsule from an Apple laptop either. Since the computer (iMac in my case) is acting as the printer server and the Time Capsule is working as the wireless router it shouldn't matter which device you're printing from, files are sent through Time Capsule to your iMac then to the printer.'''''
  10. Villan 1973 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    Printopia gets around the Air Print issue

    Had similar frustration and advice from Apple, download Printopia 2 onto your Mac and you can print directly to Wifi enabled printers from IPhone/pad.. :)

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