iPad Print Server as easy as O-P-P
3/30/2012 by: Darleen Hartley
Lantronix, a provider of M2M (machine to machine) connectivity solutions, brought out their xPico device server and their patent-pending xPrintServer for the Apple iOS mobile operating system. The print server works without downloading new software or updating the device. This server is as easy as 1-2-3, or in this case, O-P-P: Open, Plug In, Print.
All iDevices are compatible with the xPrintServer: iPad, IPad 2, "iPad 3" as some have labeled it, the iPhone, and iPod touch. Mark D. Tullio, vice president of worldwide marketing for Lantronix said "We have been in lock-step with Apple to ensure the xPrintServer continues to boast the same user experience and extraordinary performance on all new iOS devices."
We got to see Lantronix’s products at the 2012 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose, California this week. About the size of one of its intended companions, the iPhone, the xPrintServer uses the iOS native print menu, automatic printer discovery, without the hassles of configuration, additional applications, software downloads, nor printer driver installations. Truly Plug and Play... eh... Plug and Print hardware.
When plugged into your network you can print wirelessly from any iOS version 4.2 or later device to any printer that is also connected to that network. Lantronix products are designed to be easy to integrate and deploy. The Irvine California company has been working at this since 1989. They remotely connect electronic equipment via networks and the Internet securely.
Tullio says the new Lantronix xPrintServer-Network Edition, tested by QualityLogic and acclaimed by MacWorld, is the first of its kind that is all-iOS device compatible. It is for sale not only at Amazon.com, but now at Buy.com, MacMall, NewEgg, Mavtechonline.com and others. Also check regional retail outlets in the US. It carries an MSRP of $149.95.
For a preview, see the entertaining video:
The company was proudly showing its line of embedded solutions, especially the xPico device server. With xPico Ethernet connectivity is possible on virtually any device with a serial interface. Advertised as the world’s smallest embedded device server, xPico can be used in designs usually meant for chip solutions. xPico’s advantage, however is that no software development is necessary, saving development costs and time. Key points of the xPico are:
- Chip-sized footprint: 24mm x 16.5mm
- Complete 'Device Server Application' with full IP stack and web server
- Serial data rate of up to 921 Kbps
- 256-bit AES encryption
- Operating environment at extended temperatures: -40° to +85° C
And in today’s throw-away market, this server comes with a 5-Year limited warranty. Check out the price tag: MSRP for a 1,000 unit quantity is $23.00.You can pre-order by calling Lantronix, but shipping isn’t expected until second half of 2012.
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