Printing from iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by galaxy7, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. galaxy7 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    sorry if there's a better place to put this one...

    I have a plain old printer (no wireless capability) plugged into my Airport. I print wirelessly from my iMac to this printer through the Airport every day. How can I print directly from the phone or iPad to this printer? Seems this should be possible if the iMac does it! Or do I need some type of driver/software on the iPad to make this possible? Thanks for any help folks.
  2. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    The technology that Apple pushes for printing from mobile devices is called AirPrint. It is driverless, but the printer has to support the protocol.

    However, there are Mac apps that will act like an AirPrint printer, and then use the printer driver to print for you. Look for Printopia. Install it on the iMac, and it will let you share out any of the printers it knows about via AirPrint. It will even support features like "Print to Folder" as a PDF if you like. It does cost money for a license, but it is cheaper than a new printer and works well. Their may be free apps floating around too, but I haven't used them.
  3. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    Printer Pro from Readdle. App on the iMac and an app on the iPad - works well.
  4. Jax44 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2010
    Carmel, California
    Printopia also works .
  5. galaxy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    And these don't require a hard connection from the iPad to the computer?
  6. macaximx macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2009
    Try Printer Pro Lite (free) and see if it works. If it does get the app.
  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I use Printopia too. The only thing is that the computer has to be on. You don’t have to have anything on the iOS device itself.
  8. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    No - same wifi network only
  9. minicard macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2014
    I have been using Lantronix xPrint server with an HP 4100 printer for the last 3 years without any problems.

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