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    Default Free Printing from iPad air

    Any free way to print to my non-AirPrint compatible printer that is connected to my asus rt-ac66u router from my iPad air? My iPad is jail broken if that makes any difference.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by chocolateyum View Post
    Any free way to print to my non-AirPrint compatible printer that is connected to my asus rt-ac66u router from my iPad air? My iPad is jail broken if that makes any difference.

    Thanks.
    What brand of printer is it? I ask because some brands/models feature iOS compatible printing outside of AirPrint. My Brother printer has this feature which is accessible via their app.


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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by chocolateyum View Post
    Any free way to print to my non-AirPrint compatible printer that is connected to my asus rt-ac66u router from my iPad air? My iPad is jail broken if that makes any difference.

    Thanks.
    Take a look at the information found via the following link.

    No AirPrinter? No problem
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Thanks guys. I have a cannon ip1800. Cannon does have an app but my printer is so old it doesn't work with it. That print central pro app costs money. Not much but it's really my mom who has the iPad air and she doesn't print often anyway so just thought would set it up for her if it was free.

    Thanks anyway.
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    i think there are other free printing apps, printdirect or printbureau, i forget which one of those is free
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Depending on how tech-savvy you are, you could install a tomato firmware on your router, and use it + a USB flash drive as an AirPrint server. Some info here:
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Try to get your printer to print using your laptop first before worrying about Idevices. Look at your printer manufacturers website for their drivers for your laptop and instal them. During the set up you will connect a usb cable between the laptop and the printer. You will get an option to enable wireless printing and then remove usb cable. Once you get it printing over your wifi network from the laptop then try some of the printing apps available for your Idevice.


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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Thanks. I've already got my laptop printing johnboysupergolf and I still can't get the idevices.

    Printdirect is not really free cause you have to upgrade to get rid of the very restrictive limitations and printbureau costs money.

    Thanks mikeo007 for the tomato suggestion. I'd try it but I really like my asus merlin firmware and I've got a hard drive connected to that extra port already as a backup to my NAS (which is a cheap one with no usb ports and can't work as a print server I think). I'll ask the asus and mybooklive forums though to see if there is an option.
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by chocolateyum View Post
    Thanks. I've already got my laptop printing johnboysupergolf and I still can't get the idevices.

    Printdirect is not really free cause you have to upgrade to get rid of the very restrictive limitations and printbureau costs money.

    Thanks mikeo007 for the tomato suggestion. I'd try it but I really like my asus merlin firmware and I've got a hard drive connected to that extra port already as a backup to my NAS (which is a cheap one with no usb ports and can't work as a print server I think). I'll ask the asus and mybooklive forums though to see if there is an option.
    Well that's good it means you're printer is already on your network and that's a start. Now you just need to look around at the various apps available till you get one working. I know what you're going through as I had to help a friend recently who had you're same problem. Keep looking and google is your friend.


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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    The "good" apps that do this aren't going to be free. You probably will have to pay or give up or wait for your chosen app to go on sale.
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    How about buying an AirPrint capable printer? (Printers are pretty cheap)
    Not many people know this, but I happen to be quite famous ...
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    The "good" apps that do this aren't going to be free. You probably will have to pay or give up or wait for your chosen app to go on sale.
    No there's a few that have a lite version for you to make sure they work.


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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by johnboysupergolf View Post
    No there's a few that have a lite version for you to make sure they work.


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    Yes but the lite versions are not a permanent solution, just a test after which you still need to buy the full version of the app.
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    Default Re: Free Printing from iPad air

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    Yes but the lite versions are not a permanent solution, just a test after which you still need to buy the full version of the app.
    Of course- you test it out and if it works, job done purchase the full app.


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