What is AirPrint and how do I work with it?
Many apple technology owners have already met the AirPrint function on their devices. It is intended to make life easier for those who frequently print documents. Here are just no guidelines or explanations of how the technology works. Some users get lost in the program or do not understand why it is needed at all. The article is devoted to the details of working with AirPrint.
What is AirPrint?
AirPrint is Apple’s proprietary technology that allows you to send documents for printing without first downloading them to the printer and installing drivers. Simply put, it is a function of wirelessly printing directly from Mac devices, iPhones, iPads, and other technology-enabled devices. Apple developers specifically created it for devices that do not have an available USB port for connecting a printer.
AirPrint is as simple as any other printing technology in the same niche. All you need to do is select the appropriate options and send the document to the printer. To achieve communication between devices without prior personalization of devices, the Bonjour system is used – a network with zero configuration or zeroconf. To start using the function, you only need to have access to a Wi-Fi network, an iOS device and a wireless printer with AirPrint support.
How do I work with AirPrint?
AirPrint is flexible technology that can work in different scenarios, adapting to the user’s requirements. Signal source and printer must use the same network to communicate with each other. The instruction below demonstrates an easy way to work with AirPrint.
Algorithm of actions:
- Open the page or document to be printed.
- Click on the “Share” button.
- Select the “Print” option.
- Select an AirPrint printer from the available devices.
- Specify the basic settings and start the procedure with the “Print” button.
You can also use AirPrint without connecting to the same network. It is possible to directly connect the device to the printer. It is not necessary to have access to the network; Wi-Fi connection between devices is enough to use the AirPrint function. To find your printer, it’s worth searching in the Networks section.
With printers without AirPrint support, things are a little more complicated. It is necessary to teach the device to recognize the commands of the function, for this you need to install special software. In this case, a wired or wireless connection is required. You also need to enable the printer sharing option. Here are a couple of working reseller programs for legacy printers: Presto, Netputting, handyPrint, O’Print, and Printopia.