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Billy
31-01-2015, 10:37 AM
Can you plug an Android Tablet directly into a printer USB port (using a USB cable with the appropriate ends, of course)?

Have you actually printed this way?

SYSTEM
Non-wireless printer with USB port.
Samung TAB4

CliveM
31-01-2015, 11:50 AM
Brief answer No.

wainuitech
31-01-2015, 12:52 PM
Depending on your make of printer, some manufactures have apps on their site / google Play.

We use to use printershare https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dynamixsoftware.printershare&hl=en to print over the LAN to a networked printer before we got the actual App from Brother. From memory printershare only allows 20 prints for free. But it does say it will do it directly.

Print on direct USB-OTG connected printers

lakewoodlady
31-01-2015, 07:01 PM
I have printed from my ASUS Transformer, all you need to do is have Chrome installed on a PC that is connected to any printer. You have to enable cloud print on the Chrome browser. Then your Android should find the printer and do its thing. Piece of cake.

LL

CliveM
01-02-2015, 09:34 AM
The OP asked if printing could be done by connecting an android tablet directly to a printer via USB cable. The answer to that is, I believe, NO.
He/she did not ask how to print via any of the other ways of printing from a tablet.
Maybe I am just being a bit pedantic this morning :)

Webdevguy
01-02-2015, 10:05 AM
The OP asked if printing could be done by connecting an android tablet directly to a printer via USB cable. The answer to that is, I believe, NO.
He/she did not ask how to print via any of the other ways of printing from a tablet.
Maybe I am just being a bit pedantic this morning :)

You are a bit, because printing from a Samsung tablet is designed to be done in a "non traditional" manner aka wirelessly. Theoretically this is also a more convenient way of printing documents from a tablet.

wainuitech
01-02-2015, 10:56 AM
As pointed out earlier, it can be done Tablet to USB printer. ( which is what was originally asked, not Via wireless)

Theres a couple of things that need to line up. The Tablet has to be capable of supporting the printer, & you need the correct cables. While printing Via wireless to a shared /Network is the easiest, it still can be done directly.
http://www.printershare.com/help-android-usb.sdf

http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/36887/how-can-i-determine-if-my-device-has-usb-host-mode-otg-support

CliveM
01-02-2015, 01:17 PM
As pointed out earlier, it can be done Tablet to USB printer. ( which is what was originally asked, not Via wireless)

Theres a couple of things that need to line up. The Tablet has to be capable of supporting the printer, & you need the correct cables. While printing Via wireless to a shared /Network is the easiest, it still can be done directly.
http://www.printershare.com/help-android-usb.sdf

http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/36887/how-can-i-determine-if-my-device-has-usb-host-mode-otg-support

I learn a lot from your posts WT :)

wainuitech
01-02-2015, 01:45 PM
I learn a lot from your posts WT :) Never tried it myself, as our Android Tablet connects to the LAN Via wireless, and uses that to print to a brother networked printer. Its amazing the crap SWMBO prints off sometimes ;)

linw
02-02-2015, 09:43 AM
Obviously she doesn't follow your posts, here, WT!!

Billy
06-02-2015, 02:23 PM
Thanks.

We downloaded the Canon App and that told use which of their printer models can be plugged directly via a USB cable into their printer. There were heaps.

Unfortunately our old model couldn't.


As pointed out earlier, it can be done Tablet to USB printer. ( which is what was originally asked, not Via wireless)

Theres a couple of things that need to line up. The Tablet has to be capable of supporting the printer, & you need the correct cables. While printing Via wireless to a shared /Network is the easiest, it still can be done directly.
http://www.printershare.com/help-android-usb.sdf

http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/36887/how-can-i-determine-if-my-device-has-usb-host-mode-otg-support

wainuitech
06-02-2015, 04:15 PM
If the printer cant plug in directly due to not being compatible with a android/USB connection, you may have to have the try it Via a shared printer option while the printer is connected to a Computer.

Agent_24
06-02-2015, 08:35 PM
The tablet\phone also needs to have a chipset capable of being a USB host, I imagine.

Billy
06-02-2015, 09:06 PM
Which it has presumably because it can communicate with a USB drive. Actually, I just checked --- the Tablet' s specs say "USB Host" too.


The tablet\phone also needs to have a chipset capable of being a USB host, I imagine.