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  1. Po Mai

    Po Mai Lurker
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    Hello, I am not computer lit and in awe of all you that are . Please bear with me , if it is not too much trouble I hope to figure out if I can network my Hisense 7" Android Jelly bean tablet thru my Motorola sbg6580 wireless modem with my Hp windows7 lap top and hp photosmart printer. Can you even print from a tablet??? What is the best way to transfer picture files? Any files....
    On the tablet do you need to find an app for everything you do? i.e. read a book?
    Thanks for any clarity

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  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Hey welcome to the community. Im as computer lit as you lol. I do know though that yes, anything you do on android requires an app whether its pre-installed or downloaded by you.
    The rest ill leave to the computer people :D
  3. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    I like and use AirDroid for moving files between the computer and my devices. No wires needed.
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  4. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    ES File Explorer can also allow you to browse your networked computers.

    As for printing, what version of Android is on that device? Newer versions (maybe 4.2 or 4.3) enabled Google - Cloud Print
  5. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    As long as the printer supports it! I have an HP printer that is networked but it doesn't support eprint.
  6. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    You can use Google Cloud Print. Though that needs your PC to be up and running connected to the internet and to the printer.
  7. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    As I suggested to the OP in my previous post in the thread. I was just clarifying that the HP app isn't universally-supported by all HP printers.
  8. mikeca

    mikeca Android Enthusiast

    Cloud print is amazing once it's set up, I can print from anywhere I've ever been to the home office. Incredibly amazing really. All you have to do is get your tablet and / or laptop connected on the same network and voila!
  9. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    Hmm, I stand somewhat corrected. I see now that the ePrint app (which I was not aware was available until mentioned) actually CAN print to my printer, though I presume I need to be on the same network as my printer is NOT ePrint capable. I figured, incorrectly, that it worked using the ePrint capability of the HP printers - which my OfficeJet 6500 doesn't support but my brother's 6500A DOES as it's the updated version of mine to support ePrint.

    This will only work if the OP has a network-connected PhotoSmart printer and it's not connected to the laptop using USB then shared over the network.
  10. Po Mai

    Po Mai Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Good Morning Guys, wow, thanks for all the tips. I do have the c5100 series photosmart. It's never worked right, makes lots of weird noises, and from about 6 months in can not be shut off. But, eh, it still prints and glad I do not have to replace it.

    Cloud print sounds great, as does eprint. I think either would work. When would you want to print from say down town? Wouldn't you just save something for printing when you got back to the office etc?

    IS there a place where I can find popular free apps. My wife hope to use here tablet for art related business. Run credit cards via square, show images of work on the go, probably play music too.
    I see face book asked to install a face book app. She/we are pretty weird about following any suggestions from a computer with alternator motives lol She also manages a gallery where she puts artists work on face book daily. It would be nice if she could shoot and post it from the device. If the camera is up to it.

    Many thanks to all you guys

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