Printing to non-AirPrint printer via Aiport Express

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by iExplorer, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. iExplorer macrumors newbie


    Dec 21, 2015
    I use an Airport Express(AiEx) and my non-AirPrint printer(USB only,not in the list) is connected to it.I am able to print to this printer from my MBP and my iMac, but my iPad doesn't recognise the printer at all.
    Why is this so?As I see it, the AiEx is what does the printing here,not my computers.When my prints are going through the AiEx,it means that the AiEx is giving the appropriate print command to the printer.Then my iPad should just as easily be able to send the document to the router and then AiEx should be able to print it.
    Why doesn't this happen?
  2. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    I'm afraid that's not how it works.

    The laptop is doing the printing, the airport just routes the information to the printer. You can install an app on iPad and laptop so that you can print via the app - I use Readdle's printer pro. Other options are available.

    The only other option is to buy an AirPrint enabled printer.
  3. iExplorer thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 21, 2015
    Cool, thanks! Just found out that Printer Pro need not have a desktop app enabled, so that's great

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