Say you have one printer in your house and a couple of computers, smartphones, and maybe an iPad or another mobile device. How exactly are you supposed to send print jobs to that printer from all those devices? You could email files to the computer plugged into the printer, power it up, and hit the print button. Or you could set up a network printer that would let you print from multiple computers — but not your iPad or smartphone. Now it looks like Pogoplug has another solution that will let you send print jobs from almost any web-connected device.
Pogoplug currently offers a small box that you can connect to your network to access files from a USB flash drive from anywhere. Later this summer the company will offer a free update that lets you plug in a printer and send print jobs.
At launch HP and recent Epson printers will be supported. Users will be able to print from the web or email documents to their Pogoplug box to be printed.
The whole thing sounds a lot like Google’s upcoming cloud-based printing solution. But the advantage to using Pogoplug is that you won’t need a web-aware printer or an always-on PC in order to print documents. On the other hand, you will need a Pogoplug box, which runs about $100.
via Web Worker Daily