Apple AirPrint is a driverless printing technology introduced with iOS version 4.2 in November of 2010. It enables Apple’s iOS® devices including iPhones®, iPads®, iPod® Touches, and Mac® OS X® to print without the need to install drivers or download software. AirPrint uses familiar, well-established technologies already in use today including Bonjour®, IPP, PDF and JPEG.
One of the big benefits of AirPrint is that it gives users the speed and convenience of direct print capability from their iOS-based wireless devices without cloud services or proxy devices in the print path. AirPrint works best in flat Wi-Fi networks, which are typically found in home and small offices. Using AirPrint in mid- to large-size enterprises may require making some changes to your network infrastructure to allow this service to traverse the multiple subnets found in enterprise environments.
Many Xerox customers have expressed an interest in taking full advantage of the AirPrint capabilities that are available for Xerox® ConnectKey™ devices. Unfortunately, subnets or multiple smaller networks that are designed to enhance efficiency, space allocation and security issues are not well understood. Ideally, users want AirPrint to “just work” – as it already does on their own home networks. To allow this to happen, it is imperative to set-up an environment that allows the end user’s Apple iOS devices to find and access network printers that are AirPrint capable.
This white paper provides some insight into the ways in which you can help your network infrastructure support AirPrint.
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