Lexmark Mobile Direct Print provides you with another printing method that does not require a USB or traditional network connection to the printer.
What is it?
|Lexmark Mobile Direct with NFC tag is... ||And, it requires... |
An alternative method for transferring data from an Android™ mobile device to the printer that utilizes near field communications technology (NFC).
Official NFC™ logo (center)
- An NFC-equipped Android device that supports Wi-Fi peer-to-peer specification or Wi-Fi Direct®.
- A supported MS, CS, MX, XM, CX, XC Series Lexmark printers equipped with:
- MarkNet N8350 or N8352 wireless network adapter
- An attached NFC** tag
* An important consideration in order to be able to support simultaneous connections to both an infrastructure wireless network and a Lexmark Mobile Direct connection. ** The Lexmark MarkNet N8352 and Lexmark MarkNet N8350 wireless print servers now include an NFC tag.
Refer to the xref_PU78253&locale=EN&userlocale=EN_US_xref for more information.
Primary NFC requirements
NOTE: For the purpose of this article, the below steps are listed in a numbered order, however, these can really be performed in any order.
|Requirement...||Where?||To configure, see... ||Additional Information... |
|Enable Mobile direct printing||Printer|
If you do not see this feature, check your printer's firmware level to make sure you are at .P439 or higher. xref_TE488_xref.
|Attach NFC tag ||Printer|
Retain the breakaway portion of the card for its 12-digit MAC address value. This programmed value allows data transfer between your mobile device, printer tag, and MarkNet N8350/N8352.
|Enable NFC ||Android device|
|If the feature is not available, check your version of Android.
Location: Settings > About phone/About tablet|
|Download and install Lexmark Mobile Print.|
Install the app as you would with any other Android app.
Download the latest version of Lexmark Mobile Print from the Google® Play store.
Step 1: Enable Lexmark Mobile Direct
To do this:
Open your web browser application and enter your printer's IP address into the address field; i.e., 192.168.0.100.
Navigate to this location: Settings > Network/Ports > Lexmark Mobile Direct.
Place a check next to Enable Lexmark mobile Direct.
For best results, it is suggested that “automatically accept push button requests” be turned on.
Step 2: Attach the NFC tag to the printer
Attach the tag to a favorable position on the printer and keep the remaining breakaway portion of the card for its 12-digit MAC address. This address is programmed into both tag and MarkNet adapter and is required for the Lexmark Mobile app to communicate with the tag and MarkNet adapter. You can refer your Android documentation for more information about Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer/Wi-Fi Direct support.
NOTE: The artwork on the tag itself serves as a guide for most supported printer models.
Tag placement: Make sure tag is installed in a location away from badge readers or metal that might interfere with NFC operation.
Step 3: Enable NFC on the Android device
To do this:
Navigate to this location: Settings > Wireless & Networks Settings > More...
Place a check next to NFC.
Step 4: Download and install the Lexmark Mobile Printing app.
Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app.
Locate the Lexmark Mobile Printing app. Make sure you have the latest version of the app.
Touch Install or the app’s price.
Touch Accept after reviewing the app's permissions.
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Next, Initiating a Job (PDF Example)
From your Android device, share the PDF or image file you wish to print with the Lexmark Mobile Printing App, so select Share, Share via, oryou may see the Lexmark Mobile Printing icon at the top of your phone's frequent links.
|Initiated job via Share||Or, via Favorites|
Select Lexmark Mobile Printing.
You will see the following image and you should notice the NFC image in the upper-left corner of the screen. At this time, you should touch the device to the printer's NFC tag.
Now touch your mobile device with NFC to the Lexmark NFC tag. When the tag is read, you should get the following indication from the app (you do not need to hold the Android device to the tag after this screen is displayed).
NOTE: Depending on the settings on the Lexmark printer/MFP, you may get prompted to accept the Lexmark Mobile Direct connection on the printer/MFP op panel.
Observation: Lexmark Mobile Direct will attempt to establish a wireless peer-to-peer connection. If this is successful, you will see this screen.
After verification, you will see the following screen. Adjust setting as desired, and then click Send to print your document.
If you are unable to print your document via the above method, here are some basic troubleshooting steps:
|Check that your Android mobile device... |
|...has NFC enabled.|
|...supports Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer Specification or Wi-Fi Direct®.|
|...has the latest version of the Lexmark Mobile Printing application installed.|
|...is being held within 4 - 10mm of the NFC tag when initiating a print job.|
|...is generating an audible tone when placed above the tag. If not, reposition mobile device around the tag until the read is registered.|
|Check that your NFC tag... |
...corresponds with the wireless option installed in the Lexmark printer or MFP.
You can verify this by making sure the 12-digit MAC address listed on the breakaway portion of the tag should matches the MAC address number shown on the “Lexmark Mobile Direct” section on your printer's wireless setup page.
|Other things to try... |
|Reboot the Lexmark printer or MFP.|
|Reboot the Android mobile device.|
Print via Lexmark Mobile Direct and the Lexmark Mobile App without using NFC.
To do this, the IP address associated with Lexmark Mobile Direct should be manually entered into the Lexmark Mobile App by clicking on “+”. The default IP address for Lexmark Mobile Printing is 10.3.2.1. Refer to the “xref_PU78253&locale=EN&userlocale=EN_US_xref” for more information.
Some Android devices support simultaneous connections to a wireless infrastructure network and a Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer/Wi-Fi Direct network, while others do not.
Also, some Android devices do not support multi-channel concurrency, which means that Lexmark Mobile Direct must be configured to use the same channel as an infrastructure network connection on the Android device (the channel for Lexmark Mobile Direct can be configured via the appropriate printer menus or embedded web server pages).
Still Need Help?
If you require additional assistance, please close this window, go to your product's support page and locate Get In Touch with Lexmark! for contact information.
NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model/machine type and serial number (SN).
Please be near the products described in this article to expedite the support process and reduce call-back situations.