Wireless printer for iPad that doesn't require computer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Paulyboy, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
    I can't seem to get a clear answer on whether there are any printers out there (preferably one that can also fax) that don't require a computer to set up? Basically something you can bring home, turn on, and start printing directly from your iPad without having to use any computer at all to set up. Is this what "AirPrint" means?

    I have to ask this because the last time I got a printer that I thought would do this I still needed to plug it into a computer just to set it up on my wireless network. I don't have a computer so I had to return that one. I've not been able to find a clear answer about this.


  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Test the demo units at the store. If they have an LCD and in the settings there is an option to connect to a wireless and actually search not use WPS then it will work. Since you can configure the network settings through the printer.

    Basically any printer over $150 will do this. Whenever I set up a printer for a client I always program the network settings this way if supported. It is the most reliable way to do so.

    I recommend Brother printers. HP has really let quality slip. Be sure it supports AirPrint.
  3. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I think Canon MX435 does not need a computer to set it up..I can't remember if I did when I helped a friend who bought a MX435 and it worked well with my iPhone. It is cheap and it also have FAX, too. Great printer anyway. :apple:
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I don't have a specific model number for you, but what you want to look for is a printer that supports WPS. Then you can use the add WPS printer feature in Airport Utility (below) assuming you have a Apple router.

    Otherwise, check your router manual for WPS support. Many newer routers support WPS.

  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    The setup guides for the different models should have that info...and I'm thinking that similar models from the same brand name would be setup similarly. So...you wouldn't have to read them all to find out.

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