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Print with Your iPad
two ways to print messages, photos, and other
documents from your iPad: apps or AirPrint.


The App Store (Chapter 8) offers dozens of utility programs that let you print
files from your iPad on your home printer. Some may be more elegant than oth-
ers, but odds are you can find something in the Store that’ll have you printing
for less than $10.
If you’ve never searched the Store for an app, page 166 shows you how; type
into the App Store’s search box and go to town. When you find an app that
appeals to you from its description and reviews, buy it, install it, and follow the
app’s directions for printing.
The other way to print uses Apple’s
technology. This approach can be
more expensive—you need a compatible printer—but ultimately easier to use
because the technology is built into your iPad, so you’re not at the mercy of a
third-party app.
AirPrint now works with more than 75 printer models—many of them made by
HP, with assorted models from Brother, Canon, Epson, and Lexmark playing
Once you have a compatible printer, here’s how AirPrint works:
1. If you just bought an AirPrint-ready printer to use with your iPad, follow the
printer’s setup instructions for adding it to your wireless network. (You may
have to upgrade certain models, like the HP Photosmart D110a, with a
firmware update from the manufacturer; check the printer’s manual for
specific steps.)
2. Pick a file on your iPad that you
want to print. AirPrint works with
Mail, Safari, iBooks, and pictures
from both the Photos and Photo
Booth apps. Other apps from the
App Store, like iWork (Chapter
11) and the note-organizing
Evernote, also offer the Print
option. With a file open, tap
and choose Print to launch the
Printer Options box. (In Mail, tap
F; in the iWork suite, the Print command lives under the Tools icon of each
app in the Share and Print menu.)
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3. Tap Printer. The iPad searches your network for AirPrint machines and
presents you with a list of the ones it finds. Tap the name of a printer to
select it, and then tap the Printer Options arrow to go back to the printer
settings box.
4. With your printer now selected (above left), tap Range to choose the pages
you want to print. By default, you get All Pages, but if it’s a long web page or
file, you can change that (above right). Tap the Printer Options button to go

back to the printer settings box. There, tap the
buttons to increase or
decrease the number of copies you print.
5. Tap the Print button and listen for the sound of your printer whirring.
Once you configure AirPrint the first time, the iPad remembers your printer and
offers it as the default choice the next time you need to make paper.
Managing Print Jobs
Like other computers, the iPad shows you how
many print jobs you have lined up. It also lets you
cancel a job if you change your mind—or realize
you told the iPad to print 12 copies instead of two.
To see your print queue, double-click the Home
button and swipe through the apps panel until you
see the Print Center icon (circled at right). Tap the
icon to see a summary of your print job (or jobs)
waiting in line for its trip to the printer. Tap Cancel
Printing to stop a job and save that ink and paper
for another time.
Have no plans to get an AirPrint printer and don’t want to deal with apps? The
Web has its own creative workarounds if you don’t mind fiddling. One is Netputing’s
AirPrint Activator for Mac OS X (
), which lets iOS devices
see and use a network printer; you can find a Windows version with a quick Web search.
inTeraCT wiTh Your ipad

You’ll learn :
•How to Get online via WiFi or a cellular network

• How to get followers on twitter

• Turn your iPad into a hotspot
• Make FaceTime video calls
• Make Skype calls
• Use your iPad internationally

Get Online
YOU GET CONTENT ONTO your iPad two ways: by pulling it down from
the Internet or by copying music, videos, books, apps, and other media
from your computer to your tablet via iTunes. This chapter shows you
how to get your iPad set up for that first option. (And if you just can’t
wait to read up on syncing through iTunes, jump ahead to Chapter 12.)
Every iPad can tap into the Internet over a WiFi connection. You can, for
example, get online from your home wireless network or from a WiFi
hotspot at a tech-friendly coffee shop. But some iPads don’t need to be
anchored to a stationary network. Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads and their Wi-Fi +
3G predecessors can reach out and connect to the Web not only through
the air, but also through the same network you use to make mobile phone
calls—the cellular network. Whether that’s AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon’s cel-
lular data network depends on which iPad you bought.
This chapter clarifies the differences between WiFi and 4G LTE, 4G, and
3G cellular networks; the differences between AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon’s
offerings; and how to set up each type of connection to use Safari,
FaceTime, and other iPad apps. So if you’re ready to fire up that wireless
chip and get your iPad on the Internet, read on.

WiFi Versus Cellular Networks
WiFi-only iPad, you don’t have much of choice for Web
access—you get to the Internet by jumping onto the nearest wireless network
(like a home network) or onto a
(also a wireless network, but usually
in a public place, like an airport or coffee shop; it’s sometimes free, but more
often you have to pay for it, as page 59 explains.)
If you have your own home WiFi network, you can loop in your tablet with just
a couple of taps—the Settings window appears below, and page 58 has the
details. If you don’t have your own network, you need to set one up or find a
nearby hotspot you can legally use so you can download email, web pages, and
iTunes Store content out of thin air. (The iPad doesn’t have an Ethernet jack like
you find on those old-fashioned wired networks, by the way.)
Cellular: 4G LTE, 4G, and 3G Networks
If you bought a new 4G-enabled tablet, officially called the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad,
or you have an older Wi-Fi + 3G iPad, you’re not limited to Web WiFi networks
for Web access. You can use AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon’s nationwide cellular-data
network, too—the same one smartphones use to grab email, surf the Web, and
make phone calls. (See the opposite page for a sample of the cellular data set-
tings; page 341 shows you how to configure your own settings.)
There are currently two kinds of 4G networks:
. The fastest is
4G LTE (the LTE stands for
Long Term Evolution
). Then there are 4G networks,
which use other standards, like HPSA+ (High-Speed Packet Access), but aren’t
as fast as 4G LTE. Either way, a 4G network is still faster than a 3G network.
Thanks to newer technology, data on a 4G LTE network can move up to 10 times
faster than on a 3G network. (Keep in mind that these are potential speeds—
reality, as you know, is often a bit slower than marketing claims.)
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twitter followersThe bad part about 4G LTE is that it isn’t as widely available as the older 3G
networks. Verizon has 4G LTE service in about 371 cities around the country, and
AT&T is building up its own 4G LTE network, with service in 53 markets so far.
Sprint is in the game now as well, with more than 100 cities in its sights for 4G
LTE service in the near future.
These are just North American cities—the version of the 4G LTE technology
planned for international cellular networks uses a different frequency than the
iPad can handle, so you won’t be blazing a data trail through Europe at super-
fast speeds. (Apple even changed the iPad’s original name from Wi-Fi + 4G to
Wi-Fi + Cellular after the world complained about the potential confusion.) But
in places where 4G LTE or 4G aren’t available (or compatible), a Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad can happily cruise on a 3G network.
You need to decide which company to use
you buy your iPad. That’s
because the carriers use different 4G LTE networks and dif ferent 3G technolo-
gies. AT&T’s 3G network is called
, and it’s popular around the world. Sprint
and Verizon use a
3G network with more reliable national coverage, but
doesn’t work in Europe, where GSM is the standard. GSM iPads can’t naturally
jump onto CDMA networks, and vice versa. If you don’t know which iPad to get,
check the carrier’s coverage for your area for how to get followers on twitter
Remember, your carrier charges you to use their cellular network and limits the
amount of data you can gobble up each month (unless you’re grandfathered
into AT&T’s $30 unlimited-access deal offered with the original iPad). Depending
on the plan you choose from your carrier, you can download from 250 mega-
bytes (MB) to 12 gigabytes (GB) of data per month.
That said, if there’s no WiFi hotspot in range, with an AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon
4G/3G iPad, you’ll always have ’Net, so long as there’s a cell signal nearby.

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