Mac Format - - WIFI SECRETS -

The days when your Mac had be phys­i­cally con­nected to your printer to be able to print any­thing are long gone, and it’s all thanks to the growth of Wi-Fi and Ap­ple’s AirPrint tech­nol­ogy.

To take ad­van­tage of this, you’ll need to en­sure that your printer is AirPrint-com­pat­i­ble – see ap­ – then con­nect the printer to your Wi-Fi net­work.

Switch on the printer and you should see it ap­pear in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Print­ers & Scan­ners if you’re run­ning OS X El Cap­i­tan. It should also ap­pear as an op­tion when­ever you tap the Share icon in the ma­jor­ity of iOS apps and choose Print from the bot­tom row of the Share sheet.

While AirPrint is won­der­ful, it can’t per­form mir­a­cles: you will still need to phys­i­cally re­plen­ish your printer’s pa­per and ink when it runs out!

You may want to down­load and in­stall ad­di­tional print­ing and scan­ning soft­ware that’s of­ten pro­vided by hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers, which may of­fer ad­di­tional func­tion­al­ity that’s not pro­vided by AirPrint. How­ever, print­ing us­ing the means pro­vided by Ap­ple’s tech should be fine for the ma­jor­ity of cases.

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