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    Default Airprint Wi-fi limitations

    With the recent release of OS 4.2 including Airprint, I am wondering why it can only be used with certain HP printers? Why not any Wi-fi capable printer? Seems rather counter productive to limit the functionality to a select few. Are there plans to change this in the future to include all Wi-fi printers? Just wondering as I have Wi-fi printer that is not recognized by Airprint and was hoping to use it in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPhone0001 View Post
    With the recent release of OS 4.2 including Airprint, I am wondering why it can only be used with certain HP printers? Why not any Wi-fi capable printer? Seems rather counter productive to limit the functionality to a select few. Are there plans to change this in the future to include all Wi-fi printers? Just wondering as I have Wi-fi printer that is not recognized by Airprint and was hoping to use it in the future.
    I believe it has to do with a specific protocol that some wifi printers use to "advertise" themselves on the network. Not all wifi printers use that protocol.
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    A lot of questions for a noob. Anyways, AirPrint originally was going to be for all printers shared on a Mac. Something happened last minute to cause Apple to withdraw that support and leave it at e-print enabled devices. What happened? Who knows. Will AirPrint regain its intended functionality? One can only guess. However there are ways around it if you know where to look.
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    Try that and make sure the printer is set to "Shared". It works on my canon wifi printer.
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    Default wifi printing on a mac from iphone/ipad

    I have a Canon MP980 wireless printer. After setting up Airprint Hactivate, I have been able to access it from my iPhone and iPad applications.

    I haven't posted enough to add the link to this message -- but if you google "Airprint Hactivate" you will find the free software from Netputing that makes this possible on a mac system. It took a few minutes to set up and works as advertised. You do NOT need to be jailbroken. The hactivate program has an undo function if you change your mind.

    I have been able to use it from both an iPhone 3gs and an iPad via my mac airport home network.
    Last edited by gstriph; 11-28-2010 at 07:03 PM. Reason: items missing
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    Unhappy Setting up Airprint Hactivate

    I have a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.6.5, a Canon MP980 wireless printer and an iPhone4. I have installed and used the AirprintHactivator as recommended - but I can still not print directly from my iPhone4 - it still says that no printer is found when I try to select a printer.

    What am I missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by macharborguy View Post
    I believe it has to do with a specific protocol that some wifi printers use to "advertise" themselves on the network. Not all wifi printers use that protocol.
    PrinterShare will use my HP psc 2500 (sees it as generic WiFi printer; ) but not my Lexmark 4700. It has a couple of hundred drivers. iOS 4.2 does not see either one.

    There are HP printers that will have an e-mail address and will print (pdf?) attachments. Gets around the driver problem.
    Thanks for ending the exclusivity, Steve. it is about time.
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    Ghostface147 was right! That was a lot of questions for a newbie, but I new the members of the Tipb forum where up to the challenge! Thanks to all who responded and especially to shutter for the link and tip.

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