Today’s professionals are no longer tied to their desks, but rather need to do a lot of work outside their offices and away from their desktop computer. While it is easy to print your documents when the PC and printer are connected via an USB cable, the same cannot be said about the wireless link. The main issue with mobile printing systems not until long ago was that the wireless protocols available were not secured. Does this mean that you are still forced to waste valuable time going back to the office just so you can print documents and photos? Far from it and here are a few of the mobile printing solutions available for the busy professional of today.
Developed by HP, the ePrint technology is capable of printing attachments and emails sent across various mobile devices via cloud. In order to take advantage of the ePrint innovation you will have to assign a unique email address to each of the ePrint printers, a step that allows you to receive all messages directly. Security is the word of the day with the ePrint technology, as you cannot take any action unless you know the machine’s address.
2. Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi has been around for a few years. Originally designed as a means to simplify connections between devices, without having to rely on routes and other intermediary devices, Wi-Fi Direct is the newest and most secured wireless connection. To be more precise, the connection comes with additional protection features PIN like codes and buttons, which is definitely a big step from the Bluetooth Paring options. To take advantage of the Wi-Fi Direct tech, all you need to do is install the app on your mobile device and you are ready to print.
Apple’s AirPrint was introduced in 2010 for the purpose of addressing a common complaint of not being able to print documents from the iPhone and iPad. The AirPrint tech has simplified printing substantially for Apple users, especially if you think that the need to install specific drivers for each printer you utilize is now obsolete. In fact, AirPrint works by connecting iOS devices with a wireless printer via a router and the only thing you need is an AirPrint compatible printer.
4. Near Field Communication
The Near Field Communication or NFC for short is a technology widely available with modern printers nowadays. The NFC’s role is to transfer the details of any particular printer to a portable device either by bringing them closer together or by physical contact between the mobile device and the printer. Once the details have been transferred, a secure Wi-Fi Direct link is created between the two and you’re all set to use mobile printing.
5. Printer mobile apps
In the eventuality that you don’t have an AirPrint or an ePrint enabled printer, then you could browse iTunes or the Google Play Store for apps to help you print easily. Rest assured, you will basically have two options, namely choose an app for your specific type of printer or get an all-in-one solution.