iOS 4.2 enabled the Apple iPad and iPhone users to search for local printers and take printouts of their important documents, photos, e-mails, and web pages. However the users were disappointed to find out that iOS 4.2 supported only a few printer brands. Network specialist company Lantronix has launched xPrintServer to facilitate iPad and iPhone users to print from all brands of networked printers. The company claims that xPrintServer is compatible with thousands of printer models from major printer makers including HP, Epson, Canon, Dell, Brother, Lanier, Ricoh, Panasonic, Lexmark, and Xerox.
Designed basically for the business environment, the xPrintServer device is almost of the same size as that of an iPhone. It comes with an Ethernet port and a power connection port. To connect to your wired network, you will need a standard RJ45 (CAT5) cable. You won’t need any additional software/app or any sort of configuration to plug into an existing network with xPrintServer device. Once plugged in to the network, the device will display all available Ethernet-connected printers. This will enable you to directly send documents for printing.
xPrintServer supports only network printers, which means it will be of no use with printers that are connected directly to your computer via a USB port. xPrintServer device require an external power source to function.
xPrintServer Network Edition supports all newer generation Apple devices, that include:
• iOS 4.2 or later
• iPad and iPad2
• iPhone (3GS or later)
• iPod touch (3rd generation or later)
The xPrintServer is expected to be available from early next year and is slated to cost US$ 149.95. The device will be made available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe, from the official website Lantronix.com as well as the online retailers such as Amazon, NewEgg, Buy.com and MacMall.