If you’re looking for something unique to give that iPhone owner on your staff this year, Lantronix has a gadget for you. The device is ready to use, right out of the box, needing only to be hooked up to your network, your printer, and a power outlet to allow you to print from any mobile device.
The xPrintServer acts as a small print server for your iOS devices, supporting more than 4,000 printers. Your workers and clients can print from iPhones and iPads without having to install a special app. The xPrintServer responds to print jobs sent from the iOS device’s native menu, making it easy for your workers and visitors to print from anywhere in your office building.
“If you’re looking to print from your iPad, iPhone or other iOS device to your existing printer, there’s nothing easier than the xPrintServer. xPrintServer prints from the native iOS menu to 4,000+ top brand printers (and growing),” a Lantronix spokesperson states. “It requires no apps, downloads, or workarounds.”
Among the best news about xPrintServer is its price. The device costs only $99.95 for the home edition, which supports up to eight USB printers (using a separate USB hub) and up to two network printers. For unlimited network printers, you can purchase the network edition for $149.95. However, Lantronix cautions that the xPrintServer performs optimally with ten printers or less connected.
While the home edition may be sufficient for most small businesses, it doesn’t provide the printer access management console that comes with the network version. However, the server automatically discovers all the printers on the network when plugged in, so you may not require this feature. If your printer isn’t one of the 4,000 that comes pre-supported, Lantronix allows you to request that your printer be added.
Of course, xPrintServer isn’t the only device to provide iOS printing capability. Apple’s AirPrint is one option, but support for older hardware can be an issue. iOS 5 sealed up a hole that had originally allowed certain apps to print to non-AirPrint-compatible printers, leaving many iOS owners strapped for a way to print. The xPrintServer gives those users an affordable solution.
The xPrintServer is the recipient of numerous awards and positive reviews, including MacWorld’s 2012 Best in Show.
“The xPrintServer made me giddy with glee,” InfoWorld’s Galen Gruman wrote. “Not only can I and my coworkers now print from our iPhones and iPads, but the xPrintServer took all of a few minutes to set up — and it just worked.”
Because the xPrintServer is ultraportable, you’ll have no problem moving it if you ever have to relocate your operations. To get started with your xPrintServer, visit Lantronix and choose from the home or office edition. You’ll be able to purchase either version from the site and have it shipped to your office in a matter of days.