A wireless printer, as you’d no doubt expect from the name, allows you to print directly from a mobile device without the need for a cable. The mobile device (usually a smartphone or tablet) and printer must be connected to the same WiFi network via a wireless router. If the printer and mobile device support WiFi Direct, however, they can communicate with each other directly, which means there’s no need for a router.
Before you start wireless printing, you’ll need to ensure that your printer is ready by going through the WiFi setup process and installing the appropriate drivers. This is done when you first set up the printer and should only take a couple of minutes.
You’ll also need to download an app to your mobile device (unless you’re using AirPrint). There are many wireless printing apps available, some created by the printer manufacturers and some by third parties. Once you’ve selected the image your document you want to print, you can then open the printing app, select the settings you need, then send it to the printer.
AirPrint is a piece of software developed by Apple which allows wireless printing from Apple devices, such as iPhones and iPads. It works in a similar way to other apps but, as it’s built in to iOS, you don’t need to download any additional software. Also, as it’s Apple’s own software, it can be accessed directly through a range of apps, including Mail, Safari, Photos etc.
Wireless printing is becoming increasingly popular at home and at work, as most families own several mobile devices and Bring Your Own Device is fast becoming the norm in many workplaces.
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by Anthony Morgan