I have an old HP laser printer connected to my Mac Mini by USB. It is not AirPrint-compatible, but I can print to it from my iDevices because I have HandyPrint running on the Mac. I recently tried to help someone else with a similar setup, only to find that HandyPrint is no longer available.
Does anyone have experience with any of the other alternative AirPrint replacements? Printopia? PrimePrint? Presto? Anything else?
It takes some fiddling, but I was able to turn a network-less Brother laser printer into a wireless one with a single-board computer (think Raspberry Pi or equivalent), by following some online instructions (and possibly modifying them, I’d have to check my notes).
The device just sits there, on 24/7. In my experience it just needs to be restarted once ever 6-12 months or so (when the printer mysteriously stops responding). So far so good.
The device can also be used for other things at the same time, fwiw.
I recently started using Printopia and am quite happy with it. Also recently I repurposed an old Mac mini as a Linux box, and it sees the pinter on my network, with no configuration on my part on the Linux box. A very nice surprise.
Had Printopia not worked my next option was to use an old Raspberry PI as tf2 suggests.
Thanks for the replies. The person I am trying to help is elderly, technophobic, and 6,000 miles away, so fiddling with a Raspberry Pi is not an option. I will attempt to remotely walk her through installing Printopia on her Mac.
Maybe… but I don’t know what kind of router she has or how her network is set up. Using the Mac as a print-server is something I can walk her through over the phone (or screen-sharing) because there are fewer variables to deal with.
It also turns out that her printer is technically AirPrint compatible, so that should help as well.