The diffusion of the wireless connection links on printers and multifunction printers has allowed access to a convenient printing mode that is from “mobile” devices such as tablets and smartphones. In fact, thanks to WiFi, which is now implemented in many multifunction printers and which, moreover, already allows you to connect to the corporate network (and therefore print from a computer or acquire data to be sent to them without USB or ethernet cables, in total freedom) is You can communicate directly with a tablet or smartphone to perform various operations and not just to print.
Similarly, a printer equipped with Bluetooth allows you to print from a mobile phone , through the appropriate mode, then to print directly from devices such as tablets and smartphones (but also simple mobile phones with Bluetooth connection) without going through any computer.
But we cannot forget the possibility of printing from smartphones with USB cable , which although not as practical as connecting the WiFi printer , still allows you to send documents to the printer without intermediaries.
The mode of printing from mobile devices is very practical and also has a very positive impact on the economic and ecological level, because:
allows you to immediately print or scan a document in the form of a file, directly and without waiting to be able to use a company computer, nor to turn it on and connect it to the network or to the printer;
by not requiring a PC, it saves the electricity consumption that this entails and by saving on consumption the polluting emissions associated with the use of electricity are reduced (except when it comes from renewable sources), i.e. a reduced footprint of CO2 print is made.
UAE Technician will offer you the best WiFi multifunction printer capable of printing directly from tablets and smartphones, offering it with the convenient rental formula. UAE Technician takes care not only of renting multifunction printers at affordable prices but also of technical assistance and can suggest how to connect the WiFi printer to the corporate wireless network or to a mobile device equipped with WiFi.
- Mobile printing: connect the printer to a mobile phone and tablet
- WiFi printer: how it works
- How to connect the phone to the printer
- Connect the printer to the mobile phone
- Connect the smartphone to a USB printer
- Connect the printer to a tablet
- Connect the tablet to the WiFi printer
- Connect the printer to the tablet via USB
- How to connect iPad to a printer and print
- Print from mobile
- Print from Android to WiFi printer
- Print from smartphone with USB cable
- Connect the tablet to a Sharp WiFi printer
- Print from your mobile phone with UAE Technician
WiFi printer: how it works
The WiFi wireless connection is a wireless data connection operating via radio in the ISM (Industrial Scientific and Medical) band on the 2.4 GHZ frequency range, which allows connections at very high speeds, even around 100 Mbit per second; It has been used for years for the creation of wireless networks between computers that are connected to a router or in any case to a WiFi wireless hot spot, whose purpose is to concentrate the data in transit from the various nodes (the computers).
But WiFi is not only desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, because wireless WiFi printers have been produced for some time, so much so that today the best multifunction printer is the one equipped with WiFi , as well as the classic wired ethernet and USB connections.
Compared to wireless links such as Bluetooth, WiFi guarantees much higher data transfer speeds, which translate, when it comes to multifunction printers, into very fast prints and scans. So, to the question ” how does the WiFi printer work ” the answer is simple: well, quickly and without the need for wires, nor to switch between computers.
How to connect the phone to the printer
Direct printing, i.e. sending a file to be printed from a mobile phone to a wireless printer, can take place in various ways depending on the connection you are currently using:
via Bluetooth, activating the Bluetooth of the phone and that of the printer;
from WiFi, enabling WiFi direct mode and of course the WiFi link on the printer.
Below we analyze the procedures for connecting the printer to the appropriate mobile phone or smartphone.
Connect the printer to the mobile phone
In the first case, Bluetooth must be activated both on the printer and on the phone or smartphone in “visible” mode and at this point it is necessary to search for the devices; once the smartphone has been identified by the printer, the Bluetooth pairing must be carried out (the so-called “pairing”) and eventually, or if it is requested, the passkey (the password for the connection) must be entered, when the two devices within a few moments they will be in contact with each other, in the sense that the coupling will have taken place, indispensable for the exchange of files.
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If it is the mobile phone that finds the printer first, it will be on this that the Bluetooth pairing must be started . But in both cases, the device found, following the procedure, will ask for confirmation of the pairing itself; confirms that obviously it must be given by the device.
Connect the smartphone to a USB printer
The connection of a smartphone or tablet, but also of a common mobile phone via USB, is quite simple to carry out and is very fast, because there are no device search and pairing procedures to be carried out as is the case with the Bluetooth connection, nor those scan and pairing WiFi direct.
Qundo you want to connect the smartphone to a USB printer or a multifunction equipped with a USB connection, you need to first connect the printer cable and the mobile device (specifically, the mobile phone or smartphone), then proceed as follows:
- Activate file transfer to USB on tablet, smartphone or mobile phone;
- Enable the transfer of files from USB to the printer;
- Choose (the procedure depends on the mobile device you have) the file to be printed;
- Send it to the printer, which appears between USB devices.
With these simple steps you will be able to connect the smartphone to lla USB printer .
Connect the printer to a tablet
With procedures similar to those described so far to connect the printer to the mobile phone or smartphone, it is possible to pair a tablet equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to a Bluetooth printer too, but also to connect a tablet to a WiFi printer (assuming that the tablet has the WiFi connection, which is now native to all tablets) or to a multifunction equipped with a wireless WiFi interface and, finally, connect a printer to a tablet via USB .
Clearly to connect the printer to the tablet you need to activate the Bluetooth link (which usually stays off because it consumes the battery quickly enough, especially if it is continuously searching) or the WiFi wireless connection based on which of the two wireless connections you want to use and to the properties of the printer you want to connect to.
Connect the tablet to the WiFi printer
As for WiFi printers, the most immediate procedure to print from a smartphone or tablet phone and in general to connect the tablet to a WiFi printer is to activate WiFi direct on the WiFi printer; this activation is normally carried out, at least in tablets with Android operating system, by performing these steps:
- By accessing Settings> wifi
- Tapping on the wifi direct icon
- Starting the scan to search for devices
- Tapping on the name of the wifi printer once it appears.
This procedure is valid for recent versions of Android and in any case, in general, from 4.4.1 onwards (the various KitKat, Lollypop, Marshmallow etc.).
Once the connection is established, you can think of printing from Android devices to a WiFi printer or WiFi multifunction printer.
Connect the printer to the tablet via USB
Much simpler is the speech when you need to connect a printer to a tablet via USB , because here it is sufficient to connect the devices with each other using a suitable type USB cable, that is, usually a cable that on one side has a microUSB plug (or miniUSB for tablets and smartphones or older cell phones) and on the other it has a USB type B plug.
How to connect iPad to a printer and print
Obviously it is possible to connect a printer to a mobile phone or tablet not only with Android smartphones and tablets, but also when it comes to Apple devices, therefore iPad and Phone; indeed, just for table and smartphone of the “bitten apple” is available and the AirPrint tool is used.
AirPrint is an Apple technology that allows you to print without installing additional software, making the best use of the qualities of the best WiFi multifunction printer .
Here’s how to connect iPad or iPhone to a printer or any multifunction printer with WiFi connection:
- Activate the airprint simple detection function
- Rely on the automatic selection of the support and set the finishing options
- Eventually, search and print on devices in the same network as your iphone or other devices
Thanks to AirPrint, files (be they text, image and anything else you can print) can be sent via a wireless network to AirPrint compatible devices.
To print files with Apple’s AirPrint you need to:
- open the app from which you want to print;
- to trace the print option, tap the app sharing icon or, alternatively, Print ;
- tap Select and choose an AirPrint-enabled printer;
- choose the number of copies or other options (for example the pages to be printed)
- tap on Print (in the upper right corner) to send the document to the printer.
It is clear that the printer must have already been prepared (according to the instructions that vary from model to model and which tell how to connect the printer to tablets and smartphones) and paired or connected as expected (WiFi, Bluetooth or cable).
Print from mobile
Established how you can make a WiFi multifunction printer visible and paired, you can see how to print from a WiFi mobile phone : to print a file on the phone, just search among the associated devices in the Bluetooth section, activate the file sending mode and proceed; with Android smartphones and tablets, you will need to open the Gallery , select the file, tap on Share (it may be different depending on the version of the operating system) and select Bluetooth , then:
- Select the Bluetooth printer from the paired devices
- Send the file
- Make sure the Bluetooth printer is turned on and ready
Print from Android to WiFi printer
As for WiFi printers, the most immediate procedure to print from a mobile smartphone or tablet and in general to print from Android to a WiFi printer is to activate WiFi direct on the WiFi printer:
- by accessing Settings> WiFi
- tapping on the WiFi direct icon
- starting the scan to search for devices
- tapping on the name of the WiFi printer once it appears
Once the connection is established, to print a file you just need to:
- open the Gallery
- select the file to be printed and tap on Share ;
- select WiFi and select the WiFi printer from the paired devices ;
- send the file.
In order for printing to take place, you need to make sure that the printer is turned on and that WiFi direct mode is enabled in it .
Of course the printer must support WiFi printing mode; UAE Technician in Dubai offers the best multifunction printer capable of printing from WiFi .
Print from smartphone with USB cable
Printing from a mobile phone or smartphone via USB is carried out, after establishing the connection through the cable and activating the USB data, in a very simple way; in fact, it is sufficient to trace the file to be printed from a smartphone with a USB cable and activate sharing on USB, i.e. sending on USB. The procedure differs slightly depending on the device used.
In mobile phones that do not have an operating system, the file is often sent via USB file transfer.
The USB port, in any case, must be used not as an access to the development mode of the phone or smartphone, but as a file transfer.
Connect the tablet to a Sharp WiFi printer
With the best WiFi multifunction printer , printing from mobile and tablet becomes simple and immediate, thanks to Sharpdesk Mobile, the mobile printing and scanning solution of Sharp multifunction, which supports iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices.
With it you can connect to Sharp multifunction printers and print, scan and share documents with other applications.
Print from your mobile phone with UAE Technician
Are you looking for the best WiFi multifunction printer to print also from tablets and smartphones? Contact us and we will advise you in choosing your new multifunction printer.
UAE Technician can offer you the best WiFi printer in terms of quality / price ratio , thanks to the experience gained in the sector, suggesting the most suitable formula for the needs of your business.
UAE Technician in Dubai has always offered the rental of multifunction printers at very affordable prices , even where the primary need is to connect the printer to tablets and smartphones to print freely.