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How to setup printing from a Ipad to windows print server.

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Hi

We have a staff who has purchased a iPad Pro  and is connected to our organisation wireless network and he  would like to print  from the iPad .  Our network is  a windows network and our print servers is  Windows 2008.
Please let me know if these is a  way to setting up printing form an iPad\do I need to buy any device to make this set up  to work.

Any help and suggestions to set up this would be great
 Many Thanks
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Dr. Klahn earned 166 total points (awarded by participants)
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Several of my clients use the EuroSmartz PrintDirect app, and they are pleased with it.  The trial version (print a test page to see if it works for you) is free.  At $5 it's not expensive.

Note:  As one user complains, "If you don't have wireless enabled or wireless at all, you have to install WePrint on your Mac or PC and leave that running in order to 'relay' the print job to the printer."  You apparently already have WiFi so that may not be an issue.  In any case, I don't necessarily count this as a significant disadvantage when trying to leap across the Mac to PC gap.
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Apple iOS works with printers which support a service called "AirPrint" which is basically a version of the apple Bonjour protocol.

If you don't have an "AirPrint" enabled printer on the wireless network you can use a Windows PC to act as a bonjour server and share a printer as if it was an AirPrint printer .. Using OPrint (http://oprintware.com/) on a Windows PC on your network.
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by:Jackie Man
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It is unlikely that you can use your print servers in Windows 2008 from the iPad Pro.

Alternatively, if there is only one iDevice, I suggest the following free method.

It can be done if you have another computer running Windows OS or OS X in the same network of your printer which means that your PC, iPad Pro and printer is connected to the same wireless router for Internet access.

Steps are:-

1. Registering
     
Sign up for a free Cortado ID, which you then use for Cloud Printer. When you use your ID to log in to Cloud Printer, your print jobs will come only to you.

https://cloudcentral.thinprint.com/

2. Installation on your PC
     
Install the ThinPrint Cloud Printer Connector on your PC. Please note, that your printer must be connected to this PC, and set as default printer. The Cloud Printer Connector automatically selects the default printer as Cloud Printer.
If you want to change that setting, set a different printer as the default.

Connector for Windows
https://www.cortado.com/Downloads/cloudprinterconnector/1.0.246/ThinPrint_CloudPrinter_Connector.msi

Connector for OS X
https://www.cortado.com/Downloads/cloudprinterconnector/1.0.90/ThinPrint_CloudPrinter_Connector.dmg

3. Logon with your credential for your Cortado ID in the Connector on your computer.

4. Open App Store in your iPad Pro, search for thinprint and when you click "INSTALL".

5. Run the Cloud Printer app and logon with your credential for your Cortado ID.

6. When you want to print in your iPad Pro, do NOT select Print, instead, select "Open in Other apps" and select the  "Cloud Printer" app and wait for the printout in your printer.

Source: https://cloudprinter.thinprint.com/en-us/CloudDesktopPrinting

Reference: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28962487/App-method-to-print-to-Dell-printer-from-iPad-using-Wi-Fi.html
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Another option is to buy xPrintServer Office: Enterprise Mobile Printing from Lantronix.

https://www.lantronix.com/products/xprintserver-office/
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EE email requested stale question close.
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