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ipad printer

by sslk / March 24, 2016 1:01 PM PDT

I have had ipad/printer issuses before, and i am aware that there are many questions reuarding ipad/printer issues, but my question is...Do i really have to connect to the printer (HP Envy 4502) EACH time i want to print something? Then re-connect to my wifi network?

I have downloaded the HP app, but i still have to 1. find want i want printing 2. connect to the printer 3. go and print it 4. reconect to the wifi again. Which is rubbish if i want a document to print via the cloud.

Surely thats not right?

HP told me that i need to have the printer and pad on the same network. But don't say how to achieve such a thing, They both use have the same router and have the the same router password. Any information i have seen about this is very unclear how to achieve this.

Please help

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The thing is, an iPad is not a full up personal computer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2016 1:15 PM PDT
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It's getting better but you see the issues first hand. The last time I did this setup I had to setup some app on the PC to act as a printing proxy. The cloud print is not something I've done more than a few times.

HOWEVER THIS IS SOMETHING I'M RUNNING INTO AND WILL SHARE.

Even if your printer and iPad are on the same network, is one on the 2.4GHz and other on 5GHz? Make them the same.

Next many routers block LAN access from the WiFi. I find myself turning off that router firewall.

That's two pretty advanced things to check.

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I print to an HP lacerate 4000 from my iPad
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 24, 2016 3:59 PM PDT
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and the network is set up as follows.

LaserJet is wired (ethernet) to the router. Any wireless on the printer should be turned OFF.
Give the printer a static IP address outside the DHCP range so that it will always have the same IP address even if the power goes out for a while.

iPad is connected wirelessly to the same network as the printer.

Piece of software running on the Mac called "Printopia" allows any device to print to the laserjet without a problem.

If you insist on having the printer operating wirelessly, then the printer must join YOUR network and NOT create it's own wireless network for you to print to.
I suspect this is what you have the setup as at the moment.

That help?

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