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For less than $150, Lantronix showcased a peripheral (xPrintServer) that connects directly to any home or business network, instantly making any networked printer compatible with the iPad for wireless printing—no additional drivers, apps, or configuration required. On the iPad, any app that supports wireless printing will automatically work with the xPrintServer, which is compatible with thousands of printer models from companies such as HP, Toshiba, Lexmark, Canon, Brother, Xerox, and Epson. The device supports up to 10 networked printers simultaneously.

Similarly, Ecamm Network's $19.95 Printopia software lets you print wirelessly from your iPad/iPhone to any printer on your Mac's wireless network, as long as the iOS app you're using supports the AirPrint feature—the printer needn't even be AirPrint-compatible. From the iOS device, prior to printing, the Printopia software allows you to customize applicable options such as paper size, paper tray, and color mode.

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