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Mobile & BYOD printing

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and mobile devices are now accepted as playing an essential role in many organizations and are here to stay. However, providing printing support across the varied devices available is challenging as there are many competing technologies with no standardization. Current BYOD printing solutions are problematic because:

  • There are lots of choices

  • They might not be compatible with your printing infrastructure or are difficult to integrate

  • They keep changing

The key mobile print technologies supported by PaperCut NG are:

 

PaperCut NG supports your freedom to design your print network to suit your specific needs. Mobility Print is our newest solution and it will work for most organizations, however, each of our solutions meets a particular need giving you the choice. If using Web Print is the right answer for you, PaperCut will continue to directly integrate with this service. If your users are more comfortable with emailing, Email to Print will be the right choice. More options means a solution more likely to fit into your design.

At a technical level, it's important to understand your IT infrastructure requirements and the impact your choices have on your data and security policies. The following table will help you choose the right mobile and BYOD print strategy for your organization.

Detailed information on each technology is provided in subsequent sections.

Table 47: Technology benefits
Technology Benefit
Mobility Print Mobility Print delivers network print services for iOS, Windows, macOS, Android, and Chrome devices across mixed fleet environments. It allows both managed and unmanaged devices to securely print to any printer on your network. Mobility Print is easy to set up and allows users to select from various print options and print all file types. It provides a native printing experience across all platforms.
Web Print (driver-less printing via a web browser) A simple web based experience suitable for any BYOD laptop or Netbook users. End-users upload their document via a standard browser form. No special or client print driver setup required.
Email to Print A lowest common denominator, and simplest solution that works on any device that's able to send email attachments. PDF, picture files or Microsoft Office document attachments are converted to print jobs.
Google Cloud Print (GCP) GCP is Google's preferred mobile and Chromebook (Chrome OS) printing experience. It is the native printing experience for Android, Chromebooks, and Google applications on iOS. GCP is also an option for laptop users (when using the Chrome browser or a custom driver/service). All of PaperCut NG's print management features integrate with GCP.
iOS printing (iPad & iPhone) iOS provides users with a native and mature print experience on iPhones and iPads. Users can select various printing options, such as copies and grayscale, and can print from many applications without the need for additional software. Users can use PaperCut NG via the Mobile web client app.

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