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How to print from WiFi Booth over Bluetooth by using BluePrint

Starting with WiFi Booth 2.5.0, you can print over Bluetooth to AirPrint printers. The reason you’d want to do this is because when the wifi of your iPad is connected directly to your camera / Eye-fi card, your iPad cannot connect to a printer over wifi. This is a common issue with Sony and Nikon cameras, because the wifi of these cameras doesn’t support connecting to a wifi hotspot (router). BluePrint is a FREE app specifically developed to solve this problem, and WiFi Booth integrates with it directly.

Overview

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Requirements

  • A second iOS device with Bluetooth and wi-fi, running iOS 8.1 or newer. That’s basically any iPhone or iPod that you have lying around
  • The printer to be shared must support AirPrint (ie. Canon Selphy CP910 or newer), and must be connected to the same wifi network as your second iOS device. You can use a portable wifi hotspot for this. I’ve had good luck with the DLink DIR-505. Or you can connect the printer to the wifi of your second iOS device, ie. using Personal Hotspot — that assumes that your second iOS device has a SIM card in it (Apple devices do not allow Personal Hotspot without a SIM card present)
  • During your event, the iPad and the second iOS device can be reasonably close together (the range of Bluetooth varies, but I wouldn’t expect much beyond about 5 meters or so)

Steps

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, on both your iPad and your second iOS device. You don’t need to connect to anything, or do anything other than make sure Bluetooth is on.
  2. Install BluePrint on your second iOS device. Here’s the app-store link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1127641254. Note that BluePrint does NOT need to be installed or running on your iPad where WiFi Booth is running. This might confuse things, so it’s recommended not to put BluePrint on the same iPad as WiFi Booth.
  3. Connect the wifi of your second iOS device to the same wifi your printer is on. If your second iOS device is an iPhone, then it is best to use your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature and get the printer connected to that. You can tell if the printer is connected to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot by the blue bar at the top of the iPhone which should say “1 Device Connected”.
  4. Start BluePrint on your second iOS device, and touch the “Share a printer” button. Select your printer from the list. If you can’t see your printer, make sure the printer is on the same wifi network as your second iOS device.
  5. Open WiFi Booth on your iPad, go to the Settings/Purchase screen by tapping the cog icon at the top-right, and touch Printers
  6. Touch Add BluePrint Printer, and follow instructions from there. That’s it! Prints might take a while if your Bluetooth is on the limit of its range. If that’s a problem, you can try decreasing the print resolution (that’s in the Settings App -> WiFi Booth).

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