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Printing from the Infinity (and Android in general)

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24th July 2012, 04:28 PM   |  #1  
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I'm looking at using the Infinity as a replacement for a laptop/netbook for some of my less tech savvy family members. One of the primary considerations is that they still need to be able to easily print and scan documents. This was a major concern, so I've done some research on the topic that I wanted to share here.

The first app that I looked at was PrinterShare - 3.7 stars:

I was able to get the app working by installing the PrinterShare Windows application on my desktop and using that to share the printer remotely (over the internet) and via WiFi (via Apple's Bonjour service that they include). Google Cloud Print support. There is a limit of printing something like 20 pages per doc unless you pay $12.95 for the Premium Key. App updated in May 2013.

So I took a look at Epson's Iprint - 4.0 stars
Epson supports a wide range of printers, but they are all still either network or WiFi printers:

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Printers Supported

Artisan 700
Artisan 710
Artisan 725
Artisan 730
Artisan 800
Artisan 810
Artisan 835
Artisan 837
Artisan 1430

Epson Stylus NX420
Epson Stylus NX430
Epson Stylus NX510
Epson Stylus NX515
Epson Stylus NX530
Epson Stylus NX625
Epson Stylus NX635

WorkForce 323
WorkForce 325
WorkForce 435
WorkForce 520
WorkForce 545
WorkForce 600
WorkForce 610
WorkForce 615
WorkForce 625
WorkForce 630
WorkForce 633
WorkForce 635
WorkForce 645
WorkForce 840
WorkForce 845
WorkForce 7510
WorkForce 7520

Epson Stylus Office BX305FW
Epson Stylus Office BX310FN
Epson Stylus Office BX525WD
Epson Stylus Office BX535WD
Epson Stylus Office BX600FW
Epson Stylus Office BX610FW
Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD
Epson Stylus Office BX630FW
Epson Stylus Office BX635FWD
Epson Stylus Office BX935FWD
Epson Stylus Office TX510FN
Epson Stylus Office TX600FW
Epson Stylus Office TX610FW

Epson Stylus Photo PX700W
Epson Stylus Photo PX710W
Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD
Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD
Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW
Epson Stylus Photo PX810FW
Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD
Epson Stylus Photo PX830FWD
Epson Stylus Photo TX700W
Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW

Epson Stylus Photo R2000
Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Epson Stylus SX235W
Epson Stylus SX420W
Epson Stylus SX425W
Epson Stylus SX430W/SX435W
Epson Stylus SX440W/SX445W
Epson Stylus SX510W
Epson Stylus SX515W
Epson Stylus SX525WD
Epson Stylus SX535WD
Epson Stylus SX600FW
Epson Stylus SX610FW
Epson Stylus SX620FW

Epson Stylus TX420W
Epson Stylus TX550W

WorkForce Pro WP-4010
WorkForce Pro WP-4020
WorkForce Pro WP-4023
WorkForce Pro WP-4530
WorkForce Pro WP-4533
WorkForce Pro WP-4540
WorkForce Pro 4015DN
WorkForce Pro 4025DW
WorkForce Pro 4515DN
WorkForce Pro 4525DNF
WorkForce Pro 4535DWF
WorkForce Pro 4545DTWF
WorkForce Pro 4090
WorkForce Pro 4095
WorkForce Pro 4540
WorkForce Pro 4595

ME OFFICE 900WD
ME OFFICE 960FWD
The iPrint app on Android appears to support a far wider range of options and services. Box, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs are supported. Word, Excel, PDF, photos, scanning etc are all supported. It also explicitly states support for printing web pages directly from any browser.

Based on reviews, it appears that there are still some bugs to sort out with the app, but overall users are happier with printing from Android on Epson printers than Canon. Update added remote printing. App updated in April 2013..

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint- 3.3 stars:

I've been a big user of Canon products with the last 10+ years and have had relatively good luck with a number of their printers and cameras. Here is a list of Canon's supported printers:

Compatible models
PIXMA MG6300 Series, PIXMA MG5400 Series, PIXMA MG4200 Series, PIXMA MG3200 Series, PIXMA iP7200 Series, PIXMA PRO-10, PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA MX890 Series, PIXMA MX710 Series, PIXMA MX510 Series, PIXMA MX430 Series, PIXMA MG8200 Series, PIXMA MG6200 Series, PIXMA MG5300 Series, PIXMA MG4100 Series, PIXMA MG3100 Series, PIXMA MX880 Series, PIXMA MX420 Series, PIXMA MX410 Series, PIXMA MG8100 Series, PIXMA MG6100 Series, PIXMA MG5200 Series, PIXMA MP495/MP499, PIXMA MX870 Series, PIXMA MX350 Series, PIXMA MX340 Series, PIXMA MP990 Series, PIXMA MP640 Series and PIXMA MP560 Series

Some of the app reviews hit on some important points. This canon app does not appear to support Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc. It also appears that you cannot print web pages or files from the app. It will only print photos or PDF files scanned from the printer. There are a number of reports of users returning Canon printers due to their poor Android app and buying printers from OEMs with better Android app support. App updated December 2012.

So those are only 3 of the many options out there atm. There are apparently a number of other options including:

Cloud Print - 4.6 stars - Does appear to be similar to PrinterShare in that it requires a PC with a Windows service running. But it appears to support a number of languages if that's important to you. Share to app print support. Updated added ability to print Facebook photos and Dropbox and Box support. App updated in February 2013.

PrintHand Mobile Print - 4.0 stars - WiFi and Bluetooth printing. $9.95 Pro version via in app purchase. Free version only prints test pages. You can print Office documents (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF, TXT), Images and photos, Emails and attachments, Web pages, Calendar, call log, text messages, Google Drive docs, Content from many other apps via Share to app, Facebook albums, Files from Box. Mac and Windows shared printer support. USB wired print support. Google Cloud Print. Update added support for more Epson and Kodak printers and bug fixes. App updated in May 2013.

Samsung Mobile Print - 4.0 stars - Prints photos, documents, Gmail attachments, and web pages. Scans. Supports only Google Drive for cloud. Supports only their network or WiFi printers, or printers shared via Windows PC. Updated with support for most all laser printers, new UI refresh, landscape mode for tablets, scanner support, fax support. App updated in February 2013.

HP ePrint Home & Biz - 4.0 stars - Prints Word, Excel, Powerpoint, photos, PDF and text files. Supports network and WiFi printers and shared printers from a Windows PC. Does not appear to support Google Drive, Box, DropBox, etc. Update added Jelly Bean support and web page printing. App updated in March 2013.

Cortado Workplace - 3.6 stars - Bluetooth Wifi, and shared printer support. Some sort of cloud printing support (does not specify Google or not). Email attachment print support. Update added ICS support and test page printing. App updated in April 2013.

Let's Print Droid - 3.3 stars - Google Cloud Print support. Can print PDFs, JPG, PNG images, Text Documents and static web pages. Share to app print support. Enterprise printer support. Update removed email print support due to bugs. App updated in April 2013.

Finally, I was most happy with the reviews and support from the Epson app. I've had one Epson printer in the past and it seemed to work fine enough. So I took a look at the prices on some of the supported printers. They range from about $80-140 on the low end and go up beyond $200 for the latest models. I found a number of used network printers online for around $45-70 as well.

I'm not too excited about replacing at least 2 of the family's printers just to support Android/Infinity printing, but the price does not seem to be too much of a problem. So this doesn't look like it will be a major barrier to me, but it will be a bit of trouble, re-training, and expense.
Last edited by Splaktar; 11th May 2013 at 09:57 PM. Reason: Moved Canon down on the chart due to continued lack of quality Android app, other updates
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24th July 2012, 08:55 PM   |  #2  
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curious about this, too, I'll be sure to post what I find out. However, i have a shared printer on a Windows Server 2008 R2 build, so it might be a little bit tricky. However, if something supports shared printers using the Microsoft protocol, that shouldn't be a factor.

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+1 for Epson's iPrint App! Works Great with my EPSON WorkForce 845 (Network Printer)
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+1 for Epson's iPrint App! Works Great with my EPSON WorkForce 845 (Network Printer)

That's what I use with my Epson Stylus NX430.
25th July 2012, 08:55 AM   |  #5  
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Epson and Canon are both a no go.
Had printers of both companies.
Actually I really like to call them criminals.

Printers stop working, especially with foreign ink.
Canon printer with scanner can only scan when you have ink inserted.
And so on...
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Epson and Canon are both a no go.
Had printers of both companies.
Actually I really like to call them criminals.

Printers stop working, especially with foreign ink.
Canon printer with scanner can only scan when you have ink inserted.
And so on...

I've had good luck with Epson printers.
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Since I have a older computer that I host my media on, being able to use Google own cloud print services come in handy the few times I need to print something off. It gets the job done effectively

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Try using printer share with with Google cloud printing. You just need to install chrome on the computer with the printers and enable it in under the hood I beleive. Log in with a Google account in printer share and it works great.

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FYI............... seems HP latest "UPDATE to the WIRELESS PRINTING to any HP printer that has 'wireless capability' has been "updated to STOP THIS FEATURE!!!!

Seems weird that a MAJOR company wants to force users to "connect" those old printers to interenet , thus making them able to print via the new new HP feature called " web printing...................

seems stupid to make those good 'older' solutions STOP or BAR them from working to push pple to newer 'solutions' which often dont work
ie , if your net conenctions go down = you cannot PRINT !!!!

so so weird ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that some crazy person decided to BAR / STOP users from using their HARDWARE

((( so anyone who has the Older version of iprint for HP ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dont UPDATE IT ( dont install updates from gplay store - it will work as before)))


>> just thought to post this tip here >... sorry to be a bit off topic !!
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Thanks for the info, so HP is off my list too now.
But I somehow think i won't buy any printer again anyhow.

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