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#1 moeburn

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 20:58

Sorry for my frustration, but I would have thought PRINTING would be a pretty basic function, one to be included with Android OS, but apparently not!  

 

My mom has a Motorola Xoom tablet.  She just wants to be able to print recipes, or coupons, or flight tickets, etc, to her wireless printer.  If she finds the recipe/coupon/whatever on her Windows PC, all she has to do is click 'print'.  That's it.  It prints.  If she's on her Android tablet, well I don't know what the f*ck she's supposed to do.

 

I've tried setting up Google Cloud Print.  But there's a major flaw with it; it requires the Google Print Connector to be running on a PC at all times, and that Google Chrome is signed in to the proper account.  Well my brother set up the Google Cloud using his Google account, which means my mom can't access those printers.  Not to mention the fact that I occasionally use this same computer, and sign in to my Google account.   That means that every time she wants to print from her tablet, she has to turn on the PC, and sign in to Google chrome, just to be able to use the "convenient" cloud print.

 

So the printer is an HP printer, so I tried HP's ePrint app.  But it doesn't actually let you "share" anything to the printer.  You have to print files directly from the app.  That means you can't just take a picture, and press "share to ePrint".  You have to manually load the picture in ePrint.  Oh it HAS a "share to ePrint" feature, it just doesn't work at all.  Try and share a JPG to it, and it says "invalid file type".  But it can load the exact same JPG itself.

 

So is there anyone here who has successfully managed to print from their Android, without hassle?




#2 Hum

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:03

One usually doesn't associate printing with phones or tablets, in large part because once you have a portable device, you have less need for paper. But it still occasionally comes in handy.

 

You can print directly from an Android device with the right Wi-Fi or Bluetooth printer. However, as I don't like to give advice that involves spending large sums of money, I'm going to tell you how to do it with whatever printer you already own.

 

The only expenses will be paper and ink.

 

http://www.pcworld.c...om-android.html

 

http://www.techhive....om_android.html

 

http://www.cnet.com/...272545-251.html

 

http://www8.hp.com/u...es-android.html



#3 OP moeburn

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:05

One usually doesn't associate printing with phones or tablets, in large part because once you have a portable device, you have less need for paper. But it still occasionally comes in handy.

 

You can print directly from an Android device with the right Wi-Fi or Bluetooth printer. However, as I don't like to give advice that involves spending large sums of money, I'm going to tell you how to do it with whatever printer you already own.

 

The only expenses will be paper and ink.

 

http://www.pcworld.c...om-android.html

 

http://www.cnet.com/...272545-251.html

 

http://www8.hp.com/u...es-android.html

 

Okay, the first link is telling people to use Google Cloud print.  I went over that already.  It's broken.

 

The third link is instructions on HP's ePrint service.  I talked about that too, its broken as well.

 

So my only option is to have a print sharing service installed on a PC, and then leave that PC running 24/7?  Well what the hell is the point of having a wireless printer then?



#4 Elliot B.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:07

Okay, the first link is telling people to use Google Cloud print.  I went over that already.  It's broken.

 

The third link is instructions on HP's ePrint service.  I talked about that too, its broken as well.

 

So my only option is to have a print sharing service installed on a PC, and then leave that PC running 24/7?  Well what the hell is the point of having a wireless printer then?

I'm with you, it's retarded.



#5 shozilla

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:09

Okay, the first link is telling people to use Google Cloud print.  I went over that already.  It's broken.

 

The third link is instructions on HP's ePrint service.  I talked about that too, its broken as well.

 

So my only option is to have a print sharing service installed on a PC, and then leave that PC running 24/7?  Well what the hell is the point of having a wireless printer then?

You don't have to leave it on all the time...   you can turn it off when not in use...

 

I have a wireless printer... it is not in use ATM.

 

When I want to print something.. I turn the printer on and print it out... then turn it off.

 

At least you are able to print wirelessly anywhere in the house.



#6 OP moeburn

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:17

You don't have to leave it on all the time...   you can turn it off when not in use...

 

I have a wireless printer... it is not in use ATM.

 

When I want to print something.. I turn the printer on and print it out... then turn it off.

 

At least you are able to print wirelessly anywhere in the house.

 

Not the printer, the computer.  I do leave my printer turned off, because it turns itself on when it receives something to print.  I meant I'd have to leave the computer CONNECTED TO the printer running at all times, which makes having a wifi printer redundant, since it may as well be wired to the wireless computer.  And sure, I could turn the computer off when I'm not printing, as long as I don't mind waiting 5 minutes for it to boot up every time I DO want to print.

 

So I tried PrinterShare, the 2nd link that Hum linked to.  It costs money.  The free version only lets you print a test page.  Why would such a basic feature cost money?!



#7 Rohdekill

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:17

I believe the entire point of having a tablet is so you don't need to print.  Just carry the tablet.  Airlines - you can board any plane in the US via your e-pass (either on phone, tablet, or printed).  You can use store coupons the exact same way.  Recipes?  Turn on the tablet, follow the directions - just like you would from a printed page.



#8 Dibbler

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:21

My wife uses her Motorola Xoom and the cloud print service with our Wireless Canon printer. I also use it with my Nexus 7. If any family call they seem to be able to also use it fine with their iPhones.

No PC needs to be on as the wireless printer interfaces with Google services / Apple airprint.

 

I use an app for my Android phone, same as my wife and the tablets we own.

 

All seems to work fine with no issues.

 

The printer has to be connected to the router using WPS for it to then interface to the could / Airprint services and thus function without any PC etc being connected or switched on, at least it does for me.



#9 shozilla

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:21

Not the printer, the computer.  I do leave my printer turned off, because it turns itself on when it receives something to print.  I meant I'd have to leave the computer CONNECTED TO the printer running at all times, which makes having a wifi printer redundant, since it may as well be wired to the wireless computer.  And sure, I could turn the computer off when I'm not printing, as long as I don't mind waiting 5 minutes for it to boot up every time I DO want to print.

 

So I tried PrinterShare, the 2nd link that Hum linked to.  It costs money.  The free version only lets you print a test page.  Why would such a basic feature cost money?!

 

If you are that paranoid.. turn the printer off completely...    nothing is wrong with it... many people are using this format anyway... we are going into the future which everything will be computerized ...

 

If you don't want that way... then you use desktop PC and printer that connected via wired...  so you don't have to worry about it.   you print on that PC with wired printer...



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:23

You have the assumption that printing should be an in-built feature on tablets, but that isn't the case. If the paid software seems to do the job, just buy it. Problem solved!



#11 Elliot B.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:35

Check the pointless defense in this topic :|

 

Printing should be a default feature of all consumer OSs. Fact™.



#12 adrynalyne

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:44

Check the pointless defense in this topic :|

 

Printing should be a default feature of all consumer OSs. Fact™.

Google Cloud printing works just fine for me.

 

Even if Google made it an OS feature, you would have to wait for printer manufacturers to build ARM drivers for the printers.

 

I don't see them jumping on a VERY niche market demand.



#13 ichi

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:48

Not to mention the fact that I occasionally use this same computer, and sign in to my Google account.   That means that every time she wants to print from her tablet, she has to turn on the PC, and sign in to Google chrome, just to be able to use the "convenient" cloud print.

 

 

If that was the only problem you could create several profiles in chrome and keep your mom's always open and minimized. Maybe you could even add that chrome profile to the start apps do she doesn't even have to lauch the browser and sign in, just turn the computer on.

 

HP's printers with ePrint support shouldn't need a computer with Chrome though. I don't have a printer so I can't try, but can't you associate your @hpeprint address with several Google accounts so different users can print from different devices? It'd certainly suck if you couldn't.



#14 shockz

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:49

Who wants to go to a sports game with a tablet when you can just print out the tickets instead of having to lug around a tablet the entire time?

I believe the entire point of having a tablet is so you don't need to print.  Just carry the tablet.  Airlines - you can board any plane in the US via your e-pass (either on phone, tablet, or printed).  You can use store coupons the exact same way.  Recipes?  Turn on the tablet, follow the directions - just like you would from a printed page.

 



#15 adrynalyne

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 21:52

Who wants to go to a sports game with a tablet when you can just print out the tickets instead of having to lug around a tablet the entire time?

Then use a smartphone.