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    network printer?

    Do we cover chromebook here? I just got an hp chromebook for my mom, and I'm astonished it can't use
    a networked printer (not cloud ready). Is this for real? It is just a linux system, isn't it?

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    The printer itself doesn't have to be cloud ready, but it does need to be connected to Google Cloud Print. You can follow the directions for "Connect a classic printer" here: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin...answer=1069693 (While the directions may also work if you're using Linux, see http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...ud_print_linux for an alternative).

    --jeremy



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    Yes, I saw that. The 'classic printer' has to be connected to another computer! My mom doesn't have another computer, and certainly doesn't want one just for the damn printer. I really don't understand what google is thinking here.



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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome_OS#Printing attempts to give the reasoning, but I'd agree it's not ideal for all use cases.

    Google Cloud Print is a Google service that helps any application on any device to print on any printer. While the cloud provides virtually any connected device with information access, the task of "developing and maintaining print subsystems for every combination of hardware and operating system – from desktops to netbooks to mobile devices – simply isn't feasible."[46][47] However, the cloud service would entail installing a piece of software, called a proxy, as part of Chrome OS. The proxy would register the printer with the service, manage the print jobs, provide the printer driver functionality, and give status alerts for each job.[48]
    [46] http://blog.chromium.org/2010/04/new...-printing.html
    [47] http://www.appscout.com/2010/04/goog...d-based_pr.php
    [48] http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20002680-93.html

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    You may want to look into ChrUbuntu as a possible solution to your printing needs.

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    I know this lthread is old, but I just saw it. My solution has been to make my printer bluetooth-enabled. I just inserted a cheap bluetooth dongle into the USB port, and it works. I connect my chromebook via bluetooth, and can send print jobs easily enough. I've never made cloud printing work, even though my HP printer is connected to a Linux machine that is network-connected. Bluetooth works, and while you do need to buy a bluetooth dongle, you can get them off ebay or pretty much any other electronics store for very little money.


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    The dongle goes in the printer? This is a fantastic solution.
    Can you post some info?

    mvw



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    Quote Originally Posted by mvanwey View Post
    The dongle goes in the printer? This is a fantastic solution.
    Can you post some info?

    mvw
    I have an older HP printer, 6300 series. I just put the dongle into the USB port, and the printer sees it and is bluetooth ready. I do some configuration, putting the settings where I like. It's easy to do that through a browser, by putting the printer's IP address in the search or address window.

    Edit: This no longer works for me. I'm on the dev channel, and I haven't tried to print anything for some time. I rarely print much, and I just tried to connect to confirm my previous post. My chromebook sees the printer, but won't connect. I haven't really done much investigation, but be aware that printing via bluetooth may not be possible now.


    Last edited by sgosnell; 11-16-2013 at 01:02 PM. Reason: New info

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    I have an older HP printer, 6300 series. I just put the dongle into the USB port, and the printer sees it and is bluetooth ready. I do some configuration, putting the settings where I like. It's easy to do that through a browser, by putting the printer's IP address in the search or address window.

    Edit: This no longer works for me. I'm on the dev channel, and I haven't tried to print anything for some time. I rarely print much, and I just tried to connect to confirm my previous post. My chromebook sees the printer, but won't connect. I haven't really done much investigation, but be aware that printing via bluetooth may not be possible now.
    I was asking about info on the dongle. Make/Model/where did you get it?



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    I really don't know. I have 3 or 4 bluetooth adapters, of different makes. They all work the same. Any make you have should work, AFAIK.



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