What is AirPrint?
Apple AirPrint allows full colour, top-quality printing from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads directly from within many Apps available from the Apple App Store.
To take advantage of AirPrint, your compatible printer must be connected to the same wireless network as your iOS device or Mac computer.
AirPrint enables users to print wirelessly from within applications on Apple devices to AirPrint Compatible Printers connected to a wireless network. You can use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to easily print via Airprint without the need to install drivers or configure the printer queue. Just tap 'print' and select your AirPrint compatible printer, and print!....It's that simple.
What You See is What You Print
If you can open it on your apple device, chances are you can print it with AirPrint and an AirPrint compatible printer. Airprint works with Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDF's in iBooks and many third-party AirPrint compatible apps available from the app store.
Full list of AirPrint compatible printers
There are also a wide variety of third-party apps available to enable wireless printing through Apple devices, even to machines that are not natively AirPrint compatible printers. By sharing a printer installed on an Apple Mac or Windows Pc over a wireless network any printer may be able to take advantage of the AirPrint features. (An additional third-party app may be required to be installed on the local machine)
*For full AirPrint support, a printer firmware upgrade may be required which is available directly from the relevant manufacturer website.
Please note. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the above information is correct at the time of publication, Printerland will not be held responsible for the content of any third-party software suggested on this site and usage of any such software is at the users own risk. Printerland is unable to provide support for Airprint compatible printer software and any such advice should be readily available from the relevant manufacturer or developer.
“In a widely diverse environment like we have at the WaterCooler—serving nine distinctly unique organizations—the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521 gives us optimum flexibility and accessibility. We get more, without having to work harder.”
– Rick Ritter, CEO, Idaho TechConnect, Inc., Boise, Idaho
With six regional offices around the state, Idaho TechConnect’s mission is to help turn ideas into companies by bridging the gap between innovation and entrepreneurial assets. To do this effectively for the 90-120 companies it supports every month, it’s critical that technology advance TechConnect’s goals, without demanding additional resources. TechConnect had the opportunity to evaluate the new HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521 at its Boise WaterCooler location.
Case study | Idaho TechConnect, Inc.
TechConnect is the resident ‘house parent’ at the WaterCooler—downtown Boise’s home to emerging and innovative businesses. TechConnect and the facility provide nine businesses with a home that encourages collaboration and facilitates mentoring and community engagement. TechConnect offers advice and connections to early-stage start-ups, as well as access to services such as phone and data, post office, and printing. TechConnect CEO Rick Ritter explains, “We are in the business of helping to create new companies. We provide services so the businesses can focus on growing.”
“ The printer is no longer an anchor; anyone can print from virtually anywhere.”
– Rick Ritter, CEO, Idaho TechConnect, Inc.
Over the years, HP and TechConnect and WaterCooler have collaborated to support new businesses, so it was natural that HP work with TechConnect as an early user of the new HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521. While Rick says they are still enabling some advanced features on the printer, two key capabilities are creating smiles all over the WaterCooler.
All access, all the time
Before, anyone not hardwired to the VLAN network found it challenging to use the printer. Now, everyone can print quickly and easily from their email or with a USB flash drive. But what really got users’ attention is HP ePrint.1 Rick says that, “There was a lot of surprise when I explained that users could email documents from home or the coffee shop or the car and have them waiting when they get to the office. Everyone said, “You mean we can really do that?” Several have tried out printing from their phones, too.”
Similarly, the scan-to-send feature has had an impact. Prior to the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521, residents had to print out a PDF, mark it up and fax it. Today, they simply make their changes, scan the document back into the printer and send it wherever it needs to go—to email, network folders, or a USB drive. And as Rick explains, “The scan feature is simple and intuitive. You just click on the icon and it’s done.”
The benefits are even being felt by those who meet in the facilities. For instance, meeting-goers in the Idea Studio, a multi-purpose conference room used to host several meetings a week for community groups and entrepreneurial organizations, used to have to ask for help from the receptionist or run to a copy shop if they needed copies during a meeting. With the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521, it’s a simple matter for visitors to email the printer and grab their documents.
“ For us the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521 is all about connectivity. From different locations and devices to a variety of output options. Our goal is to take the pain out of daily operations so ideas become companies.”
– Rick Ritter, CEO, Idaho TechConnect, Inc.