AirPrint on Any Printer!

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AirPrint on Any Printer!

Category : Software

In this project, I will show you how to make ANY printer in your house AirPrint Compatible. AirPrint is the service that allows all of the i-Devices to print to an actual printer without having to put the file on Google docs and print it from there. So Lets get to it!

What you Need:

  • iTunes 10.1 or better
  • A Windows PC (Preferably Windows 7, as this is what the tutorial is written for)
  • A Printer that is installed on the computer

How to do this:

  1. Be Sure that you are an administrator on your computer. Go to Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User accounts, and on the right hand side, you will see a box with your account information. Make sure that it says Administrator under your name.
  2. Make your printer Shared. Go to Devices and Printers, and Right Click on the printer you want to make AirPrint Compatible, and click Printer Properties. Then Click the ‘Printer Properties’ Option That will bring up a window, and you want to click the tab on the top that says sharing. Check both checkboxes, and click apply.
  3. Now go to My Computer > C Program Files (x86), and create a new folder there called AirPrint with the same capitalization as I wrote it.
  4. Download AirPrint.zip from Here and unzip it into the c:/Program Files (x86)/ Airprint Folder
  5. Click the start Menu, and type cmd tn the search box and press enter. This will bring up a command prompt window
  6. Type sc.exe create AirPrint binPath=”C:\Program Files (x86)\AirPrint\airprint.exe -R _ipp._tcp,_universal -s” depend= “Bonjour Service” start=auto sc.exe start AirPrint

You will see a little bit of flashing on the screen, and there will be a firewall window coming up. You want to click Allow Access.
Now go onto your iPad. Go to Photos > Export (The Box with an arrow)>Print, and you should see your printer there!
Happy Printing!


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Musical Floppy Drives

Musical Floppy Drive
In this project, I took an old floppy drive, and created a musical instrument out of it. 
The entire theme of the project is based off of arduino and a floppy drive. 
more details to come!


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Raspberry Pi FM Transmitter

In this project, I turned my raspberry pi into a fully featured FM transmitter that allows you to broadcast on any frequency. 
What you need:
Raspberry Pi

Ethernet cord to connect to your internet connection

A relatively long length of wire

That’s it! Now lets get started!
Connect the wire that you have to GPIO pin 4 of your raspberry pi. Here is the pinout of the Pi GPIO:Look for the 4

Put the wire on the pin that says “4”
Boot up your Pi and connect to it via SSH with Putty. 
Type “wget www.icrobotics.co.uk/wiki/images/c/c3/Pifm.tar.gz” (Pay attention to capitalization)(Without the quotes)
Type “ls”, that is LS in lowercase
Type “tar -xvf Pifm.tar.gz”
You are done with the software apsect of the initialization, now onto using the software!
To play the fie “sound.wav”, type sudo ./pifm sound.wav 100.1
To play the sound on a different frequency, change the ending number, like sudo ./pifm sound.wav 102.5
To upload your own files to play, convert the files specifically to the following factorsUpload the files to the root directory of your pi and change the sound.wav to the name of your one-word file. 
PCM Uncompressed

22050 Hertz

.wav

Happy Broadcasting!
By the way, the FCC permits low-power transmitters like the one you made here.