1: Simplify Office Printing with Apple AirPrint
2: The Challenge of Office Printing from iGadgets
Setting up network printers on Windows or Mac OS is relatively straightforward. However, iOS devices lack a direct “Printer Management” or “Print & Scan” menu, making it difficult to connect them to printers. Even if a printer supports Apple-friendly network protocols like Bonjour, it won’t automatically appear as an available device on your iPhone or iPad.
3: The Power of Apple AirPrint
Thankfully, there’s a solution: Apple AirPrint. This protocol is supported by a growing number of printers, allowing them to be visible to any iOS device connected to the same office network. With AirPrint, you can easily print from your iPad or iPhone without the need for a computer.
4: Printing with AirPrint
To print using AirPrint, follow these simple steps:
- Open Mobile Safari and click the Share button.
- Scroll across to “Printer” and choose “Select Printer” from the pop-up menu.
- AirPrint will automatically detect AirPrint-capable printers on the network, and you can select the desired printer to print the page.
- For printing from the iPad’s Mail client, press “Reply” and choose “Print” from the pop-up menus.
5: AirPrint-Enabled Printers
While AirPrint is a convenient feature, it doesn’t come standard on all network printers. However, an increasing number of printers do support AirPrint. If your printer is AirPrint-enabled, you can easily print from your iOS devices with no additional setup required.
6: Giving Existing Printers an iOS-Friendly Overhaul
For printers that don’t have built-in AirPrint support, several options can make them compatible with iOS devices:
- Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices: Some NAS devices can act as print servers, allowing you to attach any USB printer and turn it into an AirPrint (or Google Cloud Print) printer.
- Desktop Applications: Applications like HandyPrint or Printer Pro from Readdle can run on your desktop computer. These applications turn any USB printer connected to your computer into an AirPrint printer, making it visible to your iOS devices.
7: Embrace the Convenience of AirPrint
AirPrint’s ease of use is unparalleled when you need to print something quickly from your handheld device without relying on a computer. Once you have AirPrint set up in your office, printing on the go becomes a breeze.