I just bought an Epson Stylus Office BX535WD multifunction inkjet printer. It is quite cheap but rich in functions. It does automatic two-sided printing and supports USB, local wired or wireless network, and remote (cloud) printing/scanning.
I found a wide range of tools for the printer. I prepared a mini-guide for my family, so I am posting it also here, because several solutions can work also for other printers of the current generation.
Software and drivers for Windows and Mac OS are on the CD bundled with the printer. For Linux, Epson provides drivers for printing, scanning and network scanning. Drivers for other Epson models can be searched for on this page.
Scanning and printing are possible also from iOS and Android devices, through the Epson iPrint app (links for iOS and for Android). Other printer producers, such as HP, Samsung and Dell, provide iOS and Android apps with similar functions.
The BX535WD supports also AirPrint for printing from Mac OS and iOS. Here is the full list of AirPrint compatible printers.
The BX535WD supports two remote printing methods:
- Epson Connect: Epson assigns an email address to every registered printer. Send an email with an attachment in a supported format (pdf, txt, Word, Excel, images) and it will be printed automatically. The HP ePrint system is rather similar, as far as I know.
- Google Cloud Print: configuration can be started by accessing the printer Web-based interface, just point the browser to the printer’s network address. Then any compatible application can be used, including Paperless Printer for Windows, Cloud Printer for Mac OS and Cloud Print for Android.
I remember wanting wireless and mobile printing since 1999 on my old Palm handhelds. Now it seems technology is really mature.