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Brye
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AirPrint and MFP M281cdw printer

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Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281cdw
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Often fails to print from iOS devices using AirPrint.  It connects, the printer wakes up, but nothing prints.

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For whatever reason it’s always certain webpages or documents that it just won’t print.  It’s not like it will print a particular document or webpage sometimes, it’s either will or won’t print out something.   So in my frustration I drug out an EPSON inkjet printer we had In order to print out a PDF I needed for work today.  The EPSON printed it just fine.

 

The other day I was trying to print out a build your own vehicle summary from Ford.  It absolutely refused to do so.  But was happy to print out one for a GMC.

 

I have searched for a solution to the issue for months without success and even tried restarting everything from the printer, router, and iOS device to no avail.  But the EPSON printer not having an issue seems to point to a problem with the HP printer.

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Hi @Brye

 

Welcome to the HP Support Community. I'd be happy to assist you

 

Let's try the below steps to see if that helps -

 

1.) Remove All Barriers: Certain building materials can get in the way of weaker signals like Bluetooth. Metal, bulletproof glass, concrete, and plaster are particularly bad, and marble, plaster and brick aren’t great easy. So if you’re really struggling with interference, your first step should be to move your Bluetooth devices away from these materials. That means no brick walls between you and your devices, and definitely no metal desks!

 

2.) Change Router Channel: If you have an Apple router and you’re constantly getting interference with your WiFi, try rebooting it. Upon restart, the station will search for a new channel. Specifically, a different channel than the one your Bluetooth devices is using to communicate. If you don’t have an Apple router, you may need to instead go into your router settings and try changing the channel manually. Experiment with different channels to see which one works best.

 

3.) Move Closer to Your Router: If you often find that you’re getting interference when talking on a wireless headset while on a WiFi call (you’ll know because you’ll hear static), try moving closer to your router. This will give you a more robust WiFi connection, so the Bluetooth frequency can’t overpower it.

 

4.) Get Away From Microwaves and Fluorescent Lighting: Both emit frequencies of 2.4GHz, and moving away from them will distance you from the source.

 

I'd like to know the following to isolate the issue further-

 

1.) Are the printer and Mac connected to the same network?

2.) Is your router dual-band enabled i.e., both 2.4GHz and 5GHz? If yes, make sure the dual band has different SSIDs for 2.4G and 5G networks.

3.) What is the distance between the router and the printer?

 

The wireless status menu on your Mac should also give us quite a lot of information that would help us identify the issue. You can press and hold option-click the WiFi icon and then use shift-command-5 to take the screenshot. Press the space bar when the icon turns into a camera. Share the ping test results and the screenshot with us.

 

Also, check with your Internet service provider if your router is able to forward 'Bonjour packets'.  Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records. The software comes built-in with Apple's macOS and iOS operating systems. 

 

Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 

 

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Have a great day!

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