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AirPrint for iPad: Advantages and Disadvantages

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Apple iOS 4.2’s Airprint is one of the most awaited applications for iPad. You will now have the added capability to directly print your emails, documents, photos and web content from your iPad.

Just like any new application, and depending on your personal preferences, Airprint for iPad has capabilities and limitations that will likely make you a loyal fan or turn you off for now.

Advantages

1. Airprint is packaged as an update to iOS 4.2, which means there is no additional software to download. You can print from various iPad applications like Mail, Safari, iWork, Photos and other third party applications that have built-in printing.

2. No printer drivers to install. Once you get your iPad on iOS 4.2, you will get that extra “Print” button that you didn’t use to have. Just a few taps on your device and you’re all set.

3. True wireless printing. There are no cables that will keep you tethered to your workstation. Your iPad will automatically locate and connect to AirPrint-enabled printers on your wireless network. It won’t matter if you’re in the kitchen and the printer is back in your bedroom, you won’t have to run up just to print something. Just tap away on your iPad while finishing your meal, your printouts will be waiting for you when you’re done.

Disadvantages

1.   AirPrint currently only supports specific ePrint-capable HP printers, so printing from your iPad will be somewhat limited. Seven HP printers work with AirPrint right off while five models need a firmware upgrade. By December 27, 2010 there is another firmware upgrade that will add AirPrint compatibility for six other HP Officejet printers.

The iPad market along with everybody else fully expects Apple to support AirPrint on non-HP printers in the future, but there has been no announcements as of yet.

HP ePrint Enabled Printers:

  • Photosmart eStation (C510)
  • HP ENVY100 e-AiO (D410)
  • Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410)
  • Photosmart Premium e-AiO (B310)
  • Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210)
  • Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110) (EU, AP)
  • Photosmart e-AiO (D110) (Americas)

HP Printers That Require Firmware Upgrade:

HP Printers with Firmware Upgrade Available December 27, 2010:

  • Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
  • Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A e-AiO

2. There aren’t very many printing options like collating pages or some minor format changes like you’re able to do on your standard printing set-up. From your iPad, all you will be able to do is tap on the “Print” button and select how many pages you want to print.

3. If you want to be able to print from your iPad on existing networked printers, that are non-HP to boot, you may be able to do it but you may need a sizable amount of patience setting it up. The good news is that others have done it and are generous with their tips. Check out some helpful tips to get it done.

Overall, to be able to print wirelessly, iPad offers some experiences and conveniences that you probably never thought you needed, but soon enough won’t be able to live without.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

What is Dell Proximity Printing Solution

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Although we live in a high-tech world, where we can access Internet and WiFi in coffee shops as well as share network printers, there are still many things that can mar productivity and send us into fits of annoyance. Simple things, like forgetting our car charger at home or not finding network printers close by to print out an overdue college paper, can ruin an otherwise beautiful day.

Well, Dell has just introduced a clever little solution to make your day a little brighter. Released as a free download last June 8, the Dell Proximity Printing Solution is just one of four different printing solutions from Dell that are designed to make life easier for all of us. Read on to find out how Dell’s Proximity Printing Solution is perfect for students, professionals and large offices.

Why Create a Proximity Printing Solution?

Large offices have a larger number of employees. This equates to a larger number of hardware and software needs, as well as a proportionally larger amount of printing needs, as well. While network printing is the obvious solution to be able to accommodate everyone’s print chores, IT and network administrators will find it increasingly difficult to manage all these printers.

For one, adding printers or updating printer drivers can cause problems in the configurations of employees’ laptops and computers. Also, a large number of print queues can be very hard to handle. Imagine trying to manage 50 different network printers connected to over 500 various computers, the users of which need to print at the same time.

Now, translate that problem into a mobile environment. You’re rushing a term paper, which is due in an hour, in your university’s coffee shop. You’re ready to print your 20-page paper, but there’s no printer in sight! Even if you are connected to your campus’ Wi-Fi, you still have to get up from your chair and look for the nearest network printers available and queue your paper right next to 10 other people rushing to get their projects done. Imagine how much time is wasted because of this.

How Dell Proximity Printing Solution Can Help

This innovative solution from Dell streamlines printing processes for large offices and mobile users by removing the need for several printing queues. You only need the Dell Proximity Printing (DPP) queue in your computer or laptop. Clicking on this will open up a map that shows the layout of your office, school or floor as well as the available printers near your area.

To print, you just need to click on any of the colored icons of network printers in the area and your document or project is automatically sent to the selected device for network printing. To make things easier, the printer icons appear in different colors, so you know which ones are available and how far they are from your exact location. Red, for instance, means that the printer is offline, while blue indicates printers that are farther away.

The DPP solution also eliminates the need for multiple printer drivers, since its software already functions as a universal driver. It also allows you to access all the information and features of each printer in your network. This spells heaven for IT and network administrators, since they only have to maintain a single printing queue and update only one printer driver. The DPP solution also needs just one physical or virtual server, with client packages installed in user laptops or computers. Security is managed by adding network rights to specified users.

They say that the best things in life are free, and Dell has proven that this adage is true with its Proximity Printing Solution. Never has network printing been this productive!

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Finding Printer Drivers and Software for Older Printer Models – Comparing Paid and Free Venues

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Updating printer drivers and software may somehow be difficult for older printer models. But, there’s no need to worry about this type of challenge though. There are different avenues for you to consider when finding these drivers and software for your older printers – some paid while some are free.

Paid Venues to Find Printer Drivers and Software

There are a number of sites where you can find printer drivers and software. But some of them are paid. If you want to save some money on this endeavor though, you definitely won’t want this option. Plus, there are instances that the paid printing software or drivers you find in these venues may be free elsewhere.

Don’t resort to this option simply because you’re tired of the process of finding drivers and software for your older printers. This is a great alternative if you have exhausted all free options and you still can’t find what you’re looking for. Make sure you compare the prices offered from one site to that of the other.

Free Venues or Great Ways to Find Printer Drivers and Software

If you still have a functional old printer on hand, you can always locate free driver support using the manufacturer’s website. Downloadable drivers are readily available from these venues. These can typically be found on the “Support and Drivers” page.

You can also use PrintCountry for these special purposes. Using this venue is simple. You start by selecting your printer brand and model. You should indicate the OS you’re using as well. Just wait for the driver to be sent to your email address.

If in case you won’t be able to locate the printer driver or software using the above-mentioned venues and you have a Windows OS, you can get support using built-in drivers from Microsoft. This option may be limited though.

Finding Hardware and Printer Drivers for Old Windows OS and MAC

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Wondering why you need to find hardware and printer drivers for old Windows and MAC OS? The answer here is plain and simple. You need it to be able to enjoy using your functional printers. Start by searching ways on how to download these files. Options may differ depending on the OS you use.

Finding Hardware and Drivers for Macintosh

The best venue where you can find printer drivers and hardware for MAC is through Apple’s website. These are available for free from the manufacturer. All you need to do is to go to the ‘Downloads’ page and then choose ‘Drivers. This can be located on the left hand side of the page. But there’s a limitation to this as you may only find very few selections of driver and hardware support from the site.

Finding Hardware and Drivers for MS Windows OS

The first option you have in here is to make a download through CNET Download page. The site is ready to give you around a thousand pages of option for all Windows OS released since the 1990’s. You might be thrilled by the fact that DOS drivers are also available in these pages.

The common venue for finding drivers and hardware for both MAC and MS Windows OS is Print Country. The site has great options for MAC OS, 8 and 9 and X. For Windows, the site offers dozens of drivers for Windows 3x, 95, 98, 2000, Vista, CP, ME, and NT. The drivers and hardware can be downloaded free of charge.

4 Secrets to Creating Printing Network Connections for Two PCs

Friday, March 12th, 2010

There are businesses that cannot afford buying printers for each of its employees. When that is the case, you need to establish a printer network connection between several printers. Here are some basic tools to consider.

1. Connection should be made via the “client” PC. You can do this by setting up the printer on the “client” PC. This can help install all the required printer drivers and software for the process. You have to click “Properties” and “shared” when you reconnect to the “host”. After that, you should click on “My Network Places” on the client PC and then the printers will appear shared. Click on the printer icon for the installation process.

2. Setting up a LAN is also required. Use a network adapter then view the connection status. To set it up to LAN, you just need to double click over “Network Connection” and right click over the LAN that you’re using.

3. You can also use a printer switch. This will make a connection between 2 PCs and the printer. A crossover cable is also a good choice.

4. A print server can also help. This will only function with the help of a router so make sure you also have one. Just in case you don’t have a router, the PSUS4 server will help. This will automatically assign a static IP on the print server and the network card. It is also important to note that print servers may not work if you are using multifunctional printers.

In instances when you have no network ports available, you can still establish printing network connections between two PCs. In this case, a parallel port adapter or USB cables will serve your needs.

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