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How To Work With AirPrint on Windows? Tips and Tricks

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The emergence of wireless technology has become a fad. This has been the case because besides the fact that it’s convenient, it’s also exciting. Who wouldn’t be thrilled when you can surf the net anywhere in the world and now, you can print your files without even connecting your computer to the printer with the use of nettlesome cables, or installing and configuring printer drivers on your computer repeatedly.

If we are enjoying the power of wireless web surfing, today, there’s so much reason to be happy, as wireless printing has come to life. And when we talk about wireless printing, today, it only means one thing: the AirPrint. AirPrint is a service that allows you to print documents, emails, web contents and photos wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection. You can do it by sending your files directly to printers—given you’re on the same Wi-Fi connection—to do their print job. Although AirPrint works only with Apple iOS device and with a few HP printers, today, the rant among Windows users has been silenced. Now, Windows (Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP) users can also enjoy it.

But how does this work on Windows? Here are tips you might find helpful in enabling AirPrint service on Windows.

Before you can set it up on Windows, a few requirements must be made first. iTunes 10.1, which can be directly downloaded from Apple must be installed on your computer. Network printer sharing must be enabled on your computer. And make sure that you have all the administrative privileges to enable/disable services on your computer. And remember that Airprint wireless printing is only possible if you’re within the same Wi-Fi connection—that is your device and the printer used.

When all of the requirements are done, you may now install the AirPrint extension on your PC. There are a few different installers you can find in the web today. There’s a simple from Javox. There’s Elpamsoft AirPrint Installer, and others. Once an AirPrint installer is downloaded and file is extracted, run the .exe file. And installation is ready to go. In case a Firewall is run on your computer, set AirPrint for Windows to Allow access. Once setup is done, try printing a document (considering both devices are under the same Wi-Fi connection).

Although the process of setting up AirPrint on your PC differs depending on your installer, setting it up is not a problem as most installers come with simple instructions. And while it used to be very difficult to find in the net tips on how to work such service on Windows, now, you can just type AirPrint on Windows on your browser and you’ve got all the control over wireless printing.

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

Printing from Your iPhone: Useful Tools

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Much has been written and debated about the ability (or inability) to print from iPhone. There was a lot of controversy in the beginning because the iPhone didn’t let users do what they wanted to do with any measure of ease, like connecting to USB printers. Printing was as tedious as uploading photos taken on the iPhone to a PC or laptop just so the users can print them.

Print Apps

There are some solutions for printing from iPhone. These solutions will have their own strengths and limitations, so you need to research each and pick which one fits your printing preferences and habits.


AirPrint comes FREE with iOS 4.2.  Those with the recommended compatible printers and the correct Wi-Fi connectivity you are all set for true wireless printing. There are no additional software to download, no drivers to install and no cables to connect. For now, only HP has come up with ePrint-enabled printers that will work with AirPrint.

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


From your Mac, running Printopia will share all available printers to your iOS 4.2 iPhone. It could be an inkjet connected to your Mac, a laser printer connected to your Mac via router or a network printer. As long as your Mac can print to it, Printopia can share it to your iPhone.

Download first a demo version of Printopia before purchasing. If it is a better tool for your printing setup, then go ahead and install it.

Print Magic

This printing application is simple. It connects via Wi-Fi to most printers in your network, or any shared printer on your Mac. There is no guarantee however as they cannot predict all possible printer combinations the world can have in their homes,  so it is best to do a trial run first before purchasing your Print Magic.

One thing to consider, this application does not support documents or email attachments.

Not-So-Positive Feedback

Some who tested printing from their iPhones mentioned that printing was on the slow side, but were quick to offer that it might be a problem with their own printer settings. Test it for yourself.

There are also some observations that the printouts tend to be wet when the paper comes out, and that print quality isn’t very good. Again, they suggest checking your color settings and not to be too quick to blame it on the print application, the printer or your iPhone itself.

Considering how diverse setups can be to be able to print from iPhone, we cannot say with any degree of certainty which particular printing application is perfect for your needs. They either work only with a certain brand of printers, or they can only print photos or can print anything except photos, or they need additional software to work. Whichever is the case, you will surely find one which is most suitable.

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

How to Make Your Old Printer Wireless

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Old printers tend to eat a lot of space and most of the time very hard to use because it can only be placed in one location with complicated wiring systems. Most of the time, this also causes cost inefficiencies and less productivity especially in the office setting.

One way to avoid all the inconveniences provided by old, bulky and wired-up printers is to overhaul the whole system and make your printers wireless. Wireless printer installations would mean less complicated wiring systems and more mobility for the machine, making it easier to move around for everybody to use.

Steps in Converting Regular Printers into Wireless Printers

Making your old printers wireless is actually easier than one might think. It does not involve any hard-to-understand software systems because the simplest things can turn an old and bulky printer into a wireless printer wonder.

1. Build a network of computers

Technically, making a printer wireless will still need some form of wiring system to function but this is not as complicated as connecting all computers into one server with millions of intertwining wires. All you need to build a network is a server which will be hosting your printer where all the other computers will be connecting.

Computers nowadays are more catered to networking unlike older computer versions. You can just purchase an Ethernet port or Wi-Fi router and you are on your way to making your old printer wireless.

Some of the most popular brands of wireless print servers include:

– Netgear WGPS606 which can be either a wireless server or a wireless router.  With USB ports catered for wireless networking, the WGPS606 can also connect to other computers in the network even if they are not connected into the wireless adapter.

–  Cisco’s Linksys Print Server makes it easier for computers to connect to the network because of the easy access that the Linksys system provides. Using Ethernet or Wireless-G, it can connect several printers into one system.

–  HP’s Wireless Kit provides HP printer users the chance to connect their printers into HP’s network and enjoy the convenience of wireless printing. The Wireless Kit integrates all functions like printing, scanning and faxing all into one.

2. Set up the Printer System

This means connecting the main printer into the wireless server and installing the necessary software to make the printer available for the computers in the network to connect to. Making sure that every step is taken is crucial in making the printer function and connects properly to the computers in the network.

Usually software installations would include a walkthrough into the basics of networking which will include setting up the network’s IP address, the access passwords and its configurations into the wireless network. Setting all of these up will allow a smooth process of connection among computers in the network. This will also ensure that the computers connecting into the printer are part of the network because of the specific password shared among network computers.

3. Make sure that the main computer connected to the printer is turned on when using the printing network.

In business or just personal use, making old printers wireless is the best way to go especially in today’s fast-pace environment. Investing in wireless printing systems will be a wise choice to ensure competitiveness and cost-efficiency whether at home or in the office environment.

Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer Review

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

While digital may be the way to the future of photography, nothing still beats holding a piece of photograph with your own hands and seeing it with your eyes, removed from the harsh glare of a computer screen. But getting your photographs out from your hard drive to a photo paper is not a simple matter. You are going to need the right printer for it and the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer may just be the perfect candidate. This printer gets an easy 5 out of 5 stars in printer reviews for its portability, speed, and quality combined.

The Best of the Canon PIXMA iP100

The Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer is best suited for the on-the-go professional photographer. Most printer reviews state that its most prominent feature is its compact body which makes it easy to carry around anywhere.  It is IrDA compatible and you can also opt for a BU-30 Bluetooth interface for effortless wireless printing direct from your PC, PDA, cellphone, and even your digital camera.  You can also get a Canon car adapter and rechargeable battery kit for easy chargeability.

But more importantly, the quality of the photographs this mobile printer produces is outstanding. A lot of printer reviews harp on its print speed, which far exceeds previous models (it can produce a 4” x 6” borderless print in just 50 seconds), this printer is as instant as you can get without sacrificing image quality!

Canon PIXMA iP100 Cartridges

The Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer supports a PGI-35 Pigment Black printer cartridge as well as a CLI-36 CMYK Color printer cartridge.  It makes use of a state of the art patented print head that contains 1,856 precision nozzles that eject ink droplets with a minuscule size of 1 picoliter.  And with up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution, you can be assured that this printer delivers the clearest and the most astonishing photographs.

The Good and the Bad

The best of Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer can be found in its sleek and compact design as well as in its portability and lightweight quality.  It is also very easy to set up and very easy to use.  Highly notable also is its fast print speed, quite a useful feature for a mobile lifestyle.

Printer reviews reveal that the disadvantages of the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer can be found in its high Canon PIXMA printer ink consumption as well as the noise it emits while printing. There were also some instances where the ink refilling would stop but aside from that, the Canon PIXMA iP100 is a fantastic mobile companion.

Troubleshooting & Support

Drivers for the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer need to be updated regularly so that your printer works seamlessly with your computer always. Drivers may be downloaded from

You can check the link as well for updates on your printer drivers. If you are having problems with your Canon PIXMA printer, printer help is always available in various sites, such as, which even has an interactive help tool to teach you, step-by-step, how to get your printer right back on track.

4 Steps on Connecting Wireless Printers to Your PC

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Wireless technology is no longer an exclusive thing to the use of the Internet. This technology can now be enjoyed by mobile phone users as well as printer owners. With the introduction of this innovation in the world of printers, people are now able to eliminate the use of cables. Wonder how you may connect wireless printers to your PC?

1. Check on the wireless capabilities of your devices. Make sure that the PC and the printer (as well as that of your router) do have wireless capabilities. Remember that older printer models may not be able to connect wirelessly to your PCs. You can check using the manual that comes with your printer. You may also contact the brand manufacturer using their customer service numbers.

2. You may also need to install and update drivers. Check on this using the PC manufacturer’s website or the wireless network card’s homepage. You have to pay attention to this step especially if your PC runs using the Windows Vista.

3. Set-up a place for your wireless printers. It is crucial to find a good location where you should place your printer. Make sure it is not that far from your router as you need the printer port connected to the device. Also, you cannot acquire a strong signal when the printer is located on a place that is far from your printer.

4. Set-up the network as well. If you’re using only one computer for wireless printing, then you can now test if you are able to establish wireless connection. Do this by turning all devices on. But if you’re going to use many PCs to connect to the printer, you will be required to set-up the network using IPconfig on the MS-DOS screen. This is to check the IP addresses used in each PC.

    It is fairly easy to use Windows in creating a wireless network set-up. It will readily provide you with steps to follow.

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