Every time we use tablets for more things. Surfing the Internet, checking email, playing games, looking at photos… We no longer miss any functions because they are used for almost everything. And sometimes we need to print something that we are looking at on the tablet. It is in those moments when we consider how you can print from the tablet. Therefore, with this article we want to give you the keys so that you can learn to print directly without having to go through a computer. HP has a number of useful technologies and tools to make tablet printing easy from anywhere. We tell you all the options available to print documents.
HP ePrint technology
If you have an HP printer , the option is very simple. And it is that for some time, the American company incorporates this wireless printing technology in most of its models, both for the consumer field and in the professional segment. For example, all computers in the HP Officejet Pro ink printer range for the self-employed and SMBs incorporate this functionality. The concept behind HP ePrint is simple and hides a number of very interesting advantages. It consists of joining a unique email address to each printerOf the brand. To begin using this functionality, you must first enable web services within the printer itself (this can generally be done through the touch panel or the small LCD screen of the computer). And then register the printer through the HP ePrint Center portal . From that web page we can configure the printer options and modify the email address so that it has a more recognizable format. This address must always end with "@ hpeprint.com" and we must choose a name that has not already been chosen by other users who use this technology.
Once we have configured the printer, to print a document from the tablet it will be enough to send an email to that address with the attached document. That easy. You do not need to install any type of application or driver to use HP ePrint . And here we find its great attraction, since any user that we authorize can make prints from anywhere in the world. This technology is compatible with Office documents (both Word , Excel and PowerPoint ), as well as PDF documents and images in formats such as JPEG, GIF or PNG. Of course, always respecting that the maximum size of the document is10 MB . Another great advantage of this technology is that we can send up to 10 documents to print at the same time, and after going through the HP print server they will be printed in order.
As limitations of this technology, it must be taken into account that at the moment it is not possible to print documents on both sides. Also, by not being able to access a preview of the document the result may be less fine than we want.
Tablets with Windows 8 and Windows RT
For those users who have a tablet with these operating systems, wireless printing will follow the same channels as a traditional computer. There are two ways to configure the printer. On the one hand, we can use the system's own tools through the control panel or through the options found in the touch interface configuration panel . But more useful will be to download the HP printer drivers through the web to ensure proper operation of the computer. Once the printer is installed, we can send the documents to print directly from the system applications as long as we are connected to the same WiFi network.
HP ePrint App
While in the case of tablets with Windows 8 or Windows RT, it will be enough to use the platform tools as usual in desktop computers, in the case of Android , Windows Phone or Blackberry it will be necessary to install the app HP ePrint. This application has a fairly simple interface and allows us to print documents or images that we have stored on the tablet. It also has a module to directly print pages from the web. To use this function, we have to be connected to the same WiFi network as the printer. Although this is a limitation on the distance at which the document can be sent, in return we can configure various parameters such as print quality, margins or the use of double-sided. Within this tool we must also highlight the HP ePrint Services. The American company has deployed a network of public printers in various shops and hotels that we can access directly from this app. The application will show us the closest public printing sites so that we can send our documents to print.
Wireless Direct Printing
Another of the complementary functions that are beginning to integrate some equipment of the American firm such as the HP Officejet Pro X576dw is the option of creating their own WiFi network , so that the user can connect from the tablet directly to the printer without having to access to the local network. This is a very interesting advantage in a business environment, both for security reasons and for greater agility in the printing process.
If you are an iPad user , a large majority of HP printers already support AirPrint technology so you can send your documents directly to print over the WiFi network. If you want to know if your printer incorporates this function, you can check a complete list on the Apple website .
Finally, the American company has put on sale a couple of accessories such as the HP 1200w with which the NFC connection is integrated to the printers themselves, so that we can approach with our tablet with NFC and "touch" the accessory to send a document to to print. In short, it is a very complete list of options so that users can find the most comfortable and useful way to make their prints from the tablet, without having to go to a computer. Although if you want to delve into the subject, we recommend that you take a look at the Mobile Printing section at www.hp.es/impresion-movil where you can find more information about it.