Print from an iPad to WHS

Sean Daniel is looking at more ways to take advantage of his low-powered Home Server to do more for him as an *always* on device. And over the holiday period had to print boarding passes prior to leaving for the airport:

It was frustrating to have to take out the laptop when the iPad is just right there.  But without a compatible AirPrint printer, you can’t print from the iPad…Or can’t you?

By using a Windows (or Mac OS) application that installs on your computer that shares almost any printer connected to the computer, to the AirPrint service, Sean was able to get this setup.

Collobos FingerPrint Printer Listing

In his write up Sean goes through the setup procedure including opening a port on your router and enabling Multicast which you can read all about here.

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  1. Thomas says:

    This solution works great for all iOS5 devices – BUT:
    A big disadvantage is, that FingerPrint cannot be run as a service. That means you need to be logged on on the server as administrator all the time. If the servers restarts due to updates installation you need to start a computer first, then logon the admin account on the server. I have already been in contact with the guys who created FingerPrint. I asked them to make it possible to run FingerPrint as a service – they want to add this feature and hopefully they are already working on it.

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