SmartHome Improvement: HP ePrinting

 

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Ever wished you could easily print to your home printer from any device? No more installing drivers.  No more fretting over compatibility issues.  And forget about having to play twister with yourself just to get the cable plugged in. Now there is HP’s ePrint. Check out the latest video installment of SmartHome Improvement to find out more:

 

 

HP ePrint allows you to send files directly to a printer through email.  The printer is assigned a specific email address, allowing any email-enabled device to send files for printing. Imagine you have your boarding pass on your cell phone.  In the past, cell phones have been very difficult to print from.  But with ePrint, you can simply forward your boarding pass to the printer’s email address, and done deal – it’s printed. 

 

You can send documents to the printer even if you’re not home – or even in the same country. As long as you can email, you can print.  Imagine you have friends over who need to print things; just give them the email address for your printer.  As soon as they click send, it prints.

 

Here's the Step-by-Step Guide

 

Setting Up an ePrint Printer

  1. Inside of an ePrint enabled printer, go to the menu and select “Web Services”
  2. Select “Enable Web Services.” You’ll be asked to agree to the terms of use.
  3. Once you’ve agreed, the printer will reach out to the Cloud and get an assigned email.  The result will be a printed page that shows your printer’s email as well as the ePrint Center website.
  4. Go back to the “Web Services” menu on the printer, and now select “Turn On ePrint.”  You will be asked to confirm that you are allowing emails to be sent to this printer.

Your printer is now set-up for ePrint.

 

Assign your ePrinter on the ePrint Center

  1. Go to www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter
  2. You will need to create a username and password for yourself.  If you already have a username, simply log-in.
  3. Once you are logged-in, select “Add a Printer” from the front page
  4. The website will ask for your printer’s code.  Enter the alpha numeric code from the page that printer off your printer.
  5. Once the printer has been added, a confirmation page will be sent to your printer.
  6. If you would like, you can restrict who can send files to your ePrinter by creating a list of approved email addresses.

That's all there is to it! Now you’re ready to send your first ePrint.  Remember that, right now, the accepted file formats are:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Text files (.txt)
  • PDF
  • Images (bmp, jpg, png, gif, tiff)

Is there any piece of HP technology that you want to learn more about? Just leave us your thoughts the comment box below.

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Great episode,

 

I would love to see something on this show about how to access content that is on your PC, on your HD TV.  Thanks guys!

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