AirPrint has truly been one of the best features in iOS 4.2. In case you still don’t know what AirPrint is, it is a wireless technology that lets you print any document from iPhone directly on compatible printers. But if you don’t want to purchase a new printer you can use this guide to use AirPrint with your existing printer.
If you have already configured AirPrint or own one of the AirPrint compatible Printers, you should read our Dummies Guide to Use AirPrint on iPhone.
Enable AirPrint on Windows:
Update iTunes to version 10.1 or above. Extract files downloaded from here and place them in a new folder called AirPrint in C:\\Program Files\\
Now run Command Prompt and type following two commands:
- sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= “C:\\Program Files\\AirPrint\\airprint.exe -s” depend= “Bonjour Service” start= auto
- sc.exe start AirPrint
If Windows Firewall pops up an alert click on Allow Access.
Enable AirPrint on Mac:
Make sure that your system is updated to latest Mac OS X 10.6.5
Download the AirPrint Activation files given here and copy them into following three specific system locations:
- Copy file urftopdf to location /usr/libexec/cups/filter/
- Copy file apple.convs to location /usr/share/cups/mime/
- Copy file apple.types to location /usr/share/cups/mime/
Go to system preferences and delete your saved printer. Re-add any printers you want to share.
That’s it now your printer should be ready to be used with AirPrint. Read our Guide to use AirPrint on iPhone to proceed with printing wireless from any iOS device. LINK
As is obvious from above, you will have to keep the computer used for sharing, switched on while you are printing anything from your iOS device.
Feel free to ask any AirPrint or iOS related question via comments.