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Print from ipad to usb printer without pc or wifi network?

1,097 38 February 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I am trying to help a friend.

We have
1x ipad (original) uses 3g
1x Printer usb

No computers
No wifi (3g is used by ipad)

Would it be possible to hook the printer up to the ipad in some way?
(whether through a wifi router network without an internet connection or otherwise?)

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I only know how on a wifi network with a compatible printer. Why cant it switch to wifi to print?
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I can print to networked printers on my android so I'd have to believe it's available for ios too.
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I can print to networked printers on my android so I'd have to believe it's available for ios too.
Yes there is easily, but hes wanting to do it without a network or any computer, meaning only plugging in his usb only printer into the non existent usb port on the ipad.
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Unless the ipad supports USB OTG or USB host mode, I don't see it happening. A wireless option would be your best bet.

When you say 3g only, do you mean you cant connect to a wireless router? you may be able to set up some kind of external remote into the home network solution. That would be rather complex just to print though.
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The short answer is "you don't".

The long answer is "The iPad does not support USB, so no printing without help. Your only real choice is to get a wireless router that supports USB printing and hook the printer to it, then connect the iPad to it wirelessly."

Even then it has to be one of the supported printers: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4356
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Macworld has a detailed article [macworld.com]about it. But there's no way to do it by attaching the iPad to the printer via USB, so without additional hardware, the answer is "no."

Either you need an AirPrint-enabled printer + WiFi router, or you need a Mac + WiFi router + extra software.
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A pc would work too (with wifi router + software).
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Just plug the printer into the headphone jack.

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Just plug the printer into the headphone jack.

n00b.
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LOL - those are audio cables. I have used them in a pinch.
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LOL - those are audio cables. I have used them in a pinch.
shhh! i know that but i didnt want him to! laugh out loud
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Don't they still make bluetooth printer adapters?
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Don't they still make bluetooth printer adapters?
They don't work with iOS devices. They work with "dumb" phones two years older than the first iphone, but not the iphone.
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