Lantronix a leading global provider of smart M2M connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its new patent-pending xPrintServer – Home Edition, designed specifically for home use by consumers wishing to print from their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to a USB or network printer. Roughly the size of an iPhone, the new xPrintServer – Home Edition is premiering at today's Digital Experience, a leading consumer electronics media event in New York.
A follow-on product to the hugely popular Network Edition of the xPrintServer, the new Home Edition provides easy, hassle-free printing from iPads, iPhones or any other Apple® iOS® device. Designed specifically for home use, the xPrintServer – Home Edition adds support for USB printers and supports up to two network printers. Now iOS users can wirelessly print emails, web pages, photos, and more to their existing printer without having to install any software or device drivers. The xPrintServer – Home Edition is simple; no need to connect to a PC or Mac. Open it. Plug it in. Begin printing. The product will begin shipping in July 2012 and is available for pre-ordering now at www.Lantronix.com.
"With the proliferation of mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone, more and more consumers are using them as mainstream, computing devices," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst, MobileTrax LLC. "Until recently, the problem with using these devices as PC replacements has been the inability to easily print. The xPrintServer offers a simple solution to fill this market need."
The xPrintServer – Home Edition has the added benefit of transforming USB printers to network printers. Now instead of being tied to only one PC or Mac, the USB printer will be available over the home network to all networked PCs or Macs in addition to the iOS devices.
"We are incredibly excited to launch the newest member in the award-winning xPrintServer family," said Mak Manesh, vice president of product management for Lantronix. "With more than 55 million U.S. households alone owning on average three Apple devices and two printers, the market is ripe for a consumer-friendly printing solution for iPads and iPhones that is easy to install and easy to use."
The xPrintServer – Home Edition: Key Differentiators
Ease of use. No IT experience required. Simply open the box, plug it in, print.
No software. No software or apps to purchase, install, or support.
One xPrintServer, Multiple Printers and Users! Preserve investment in USB printers. One xPrintServer – Home Edition supports multiple USB printers, up to two network-connected printers, and an unlimited number of iOS devices and users.
Share USB Printers. No longer tied to a single PC or Mac, USB printers will now be available to all PCs and Macs on a home network.
No configuration. The xPrintServer auto-discovers and auto-provisions printers.
Always-on and Economical. Unlike most app solutions, the xPrintServer – Home Edition does not require a high power consumption PC or Mac to be on. The Home Edition also has an environmentally friendly power consumption of approximately 1 watt.
Print everything. If it can be viewed, opened, or read on an iOS device, it can be printed with the xPrintServer.
The xPrintServer: Open it. Plug it in. Print!
The xPrintServer Family is an easy-to-use hardware solution that utilizes the iOS native print menu and requires no additional applications, software downloads, or printer driver installations. With automatic printer discovery and no configuration, printing is hassle-free. Simply open the box, plug in power, attach a USB printer and print — wirelessly from any iOS device running iOS version 4.2 or later, to virtually any USB or network-connected printer.
How to Buy
The xPrintServer – Home Edition retails for $99.95 MSRP and is currently available for purchase and shipping in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe through Lantronix.com, as well as from leading e-tailers including Best Buy Online, Amazon, Buy.com, CDW, Provantage, Ebyte.com, Insight Enterprises, MacMall, Mavtechonline.com, NeutronUSA, Newegg.com, NextDayPC.com, NextWarehouse.com, PCMall, PowerMax.com, SemiconductorStore.com, SoftwareForLess, and more.