Pixma

How Can I Get My Printer to Wirelessly Print Without Google Cloud Print?

Pixma

Episode 1743

Chris from Ithaca, NY

Chris is having issues with her Canon Pixma printer, wirelessly printing from her Chromebook. Leo says that Google Cloud Print has been discontinued. But she should be able to still print to the printer on the local network. Look to see if the printer can log into WiFi. If the Pixma can't log into the network separately, then Chris needs software provided by Canon to log into the printer and set it up.

Leo says that Canon probably hasn't made a Chromebook driver, and thus it may not work unless they put out a driver. But if Chris can see the printer, that's half the battle. 

What printer should I buy?

Episode 1270

Christie from Long Beach, CA

Leo says that the first ransomware appeared on the Mac last week. It was through a bittorrent program called Transmission. A bad guy hacked it and added a malware program to the installer that would encrypt the user's data. It only happened for a few hours though. Apple has also yanked the certificate of the company that tried it, updated the signatures of the malware screener on the Mac, and it's extremely unlikely that anyone else will get infected by it.

How can I print from my iPad?

Canon Pixma Printer

Episode 1121

Ed from Delaware

Ed has an iPad 4 and he can't print to his Pixma printer. Apple says he can't. Leo says that Apple uses "AirPrint" to print via WiFi, and if the printer doesn't support it, then he'd have to add additional hardware to give it that support. But there may be software that Apple offers for free. Otherwise, Leo recommends xPrintServer. It'll take any USB printer and make it an AirPrint compatible printer.