Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
While I don't normally encourage printing, there are times you need a hard copy of your digital work. As one example, teachers in the lower grades like to hang student work up on their walls. Here's one simple answer that will work for any and all devices on your school or organization's network.
Try the xPrintServer from Lantronix. It's a simple, small product that can be plugged in anywhere on your network (LAN) via an Ethernet cable. Within seconds, the xPrintServer will auto-discover all the printers on your network. Open any app on your iOS device and go to the Print menu and you'll find all your available printers. Of course, you don't want your 1st graders sending print jobs to the printer in the Head of School's office. Not to worry, you can manage printer access and allow or limit the users that see them.
No software and no downloads. Just plug and print. Retail price ranges from $90 to $200 depending on the model and educational discount.
Is this a better option than Printopia or the FingerPrint for PC softwares you wrote about a few months ago? Seems for $20 the software options make more sense, especially as they can be installed on any PC or Mac. Can you explain the differences?