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What is Foldr?

Foldr web app enables access to files and documents anywhere and at any time. Foldr acts as a gateway between the college system, your favourite cloud services and all of your connected devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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Connect to the college wireless network.

Once you have connected to Sidmouth30, you will either be prompted to sign in using your username and password automatically, or when you first browse to a website as below.

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Web Print is a new feature which allows users of PaperCut to print a file from their laptop, Smartphone, or tablet device without the need for driver installation or setup.
To access Web Printing you can navigate to http://backup:9191/user in your browser or click on Details… on the Papercut Client window illustrated below:

You will then be presented with a login screen. You should use your standard network details to complete this form.

Then click on Web Print on the left hand side of the window.

You should then click on Submit a Job. At which point you will be presented with the following screen:

Select which printer is closest to you and thus which you would like the print job to be delivered to by clicking on the check box to the left of the correct name. Then click on the Print Options and Account Selection button to proceed to the next stage.

Then select the number of copies you require, being careful to avoid any unnecessary amount of prints.

Then proceed to click 3. Upload document:

You will then be able to Browse and choose a file to upload by browsing to it, whether it is on your USB memory device or network user area.

The list of file formats below detail exactly what types you are able to upload. You can upload any Microsoft Word Document, PowerPoint File, Excel Spreadsheet, XPS and PDF documents.

Finally click Upload & Complete you will then be able to watch as your file is uploaded and sent to the printer you have chosen.

If you have chosen a printer in a classroom your print will come straight out and be sitting in the output tray, please be aware of this and collect your document immediately.

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How many times have you viewed documents or photos on your iPad and wished you could print those wirelessly without firing up your laptop or desktop.

There are several ways to print from your iPad. Here are some methods and apps to try, depending on the printer model you own:

1. AirPrint Compatible Printers
The easiest solution is to invest in a wireless printer that supports AirPrint technology. The AirPrint feature built into your iPad lets you wirelessly print to any AirPrint compatible printer. It is hassle-free, considering that you don’t need to download any software or install any printer drivers. Just make sure that your iPad has an updated iOS. Here’s a complete list of AirPrint-enabled printers.

The initial implementation of AirPrint also works with a handful of newer HP printers that support something HP calls ePrint. If you happen to have such a printer (HP has a list of them on its Website), and it’s on the same local network as the iPad, your iPad will be able to see it and print without any special configuration. (ePrint also gives your printer a private e-mail address, so you can also e-mail a document as an attachment, and it’ll print automatically.)

2.  Printer Apps for the iPad
If you do not own an AirPrint-enabled printer, there are alternative printing methods available. Several printer manufacturers have come out with iOS apps to help you print directly from your iPad to their portfolio of wireless printers , regardless of whether your printer is compatible with AirPrint or not. Here are some available apps:

A. HP ePrint Home & Biz App
Download the free HP ePrint Home & Biz app on your iPad to print documents, PDFs, photos, web pages, and email attachments. The app works with over 200 HP printer models.  Using the app, you will be able to connect directly to an HP printer available on a local wireless network and initiate the print job.

Another option is to look into buying one of HP’s printers with ePrint like HP Officejet 6100 e-Printer Wireless Color Printer. With an HP ePrint enabled printer, you can simply email the document or photo you want to print from your iPad to the printer’s email address and the file will automatically print. You could also use your iPad’s AirPrint feature.

HP Printer Control is also available for compatible all-in-one printers. This will also enable scanning and copying functionality from your iPad or iPhone. There is a guide and list of printers it is compatible with on their HP Printer Control page.

HP Printer Control is a free downloadable app available in iTunes App Store.

B. Epson iPrint App
The Epson iPrint app is a free downloadable app that lets you connect directly from your iPad to an Epson printer within your wireless network. Besides, documents, photos, PDFs and more, the app also supports printing files from cloud-based storage services such as DropBox and Evernote.

C. There are several other similar apps created by manufacturers for their printers:

Lexmark LexPrint App

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Nearly all technology these days revolves around wireless connectivity and this includes devices that connect to your computer such as external storage or printers. Many new printers such as the HP OfficeJet 4500 come with wireless printing as standard. Most wireless printers have two ‘modes’ of wireless communication. Some will become a network attached device through a wireless router and some can connect ‘ad hoc’ to individual wireless enabled devices such as a laptop or iPad. However, should you have to upgrade your current printer just for the sake of going wireless?

HP Office Jet 4500

Fortunately, there are various solutions for those who wish to keep their current hardware.

Airport Extreme and Airport Express are two devices manufactured by Apple which allow you to not only connect to your printer wirelessly through USB, has the capability to stream your music wirelessly from iTunes to a auxiliary out port on the airport device as well as acting as a wireless access point for an internet connection. If you go for the fully fledged Airport Extreme, you can also plug in additional hardware, allowing access to external storage as well as printers depending on your hardware configuration. The device below is the Express version which retails for around 70 pounds.

The device below is Apple’s Airport Extreme which can handle a multitude of different devices which the express version cannot do simultaneously and retails typically around 120 pounds.

Another option is to opt for a wireless network USB hub. Belkin offer a very competitive product called ‘Network USB Hub F5L009uk’ which handles USB printers effectively. This can connect pretty much any type of USB device and give it a wireless interface and supports up to 15 devices (5x 3 slot USB hubs). However, this device lacks pure audio streaming that the Apple products offer – this is reflected in the price. The typically RRP for this device is around 25 pounds.

Another solution is cloud printing. Google’s Cloud Print securely links up your printers to the web. This means that you can make any of your printers available to you and anyone else you choose. What gives Google’s system the edge is that it is compatible across a wide range of devices (some of which include; iOS based devices, android devices, tablet PC’s, desktops, netbooks plus many more web enabled devices).

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According to a survey, a staggering one out of every two WiFi users in the UK admit to accessing and using someone else wireless internet network without permission. There is a big misapprehension that ‘borrowing’ a bit of someone else’s bandwidth is at the worst cheeky and not illegal but this is not the case. Using an electronics communications service with the intent to avoid paying is an offence under the Communications Act 2003.

A phenomenon known as ‘piggybacking’ is where a user connects up to an unsecured wireless access point and has been a controversial issue since the beginning of the wireless age. This process is made easier by legitimate owners not securing their access points through forgetting or for their own convenience. Along with this, there is an opinion that if someone does not secure their connection then they will just have to accept the consequences of their actions.

Apart from the legal ramifications, other issues arising from you failing to secure an access point are that piggybacking will slow down your connection speed as you are sharing it with another user. In the majority of cases, bandwidth theft is simply about people wanting to avoid paying for services however piggybacking is used as a means of hiding illegal downloading activity or engaging in identity theft.

There is a practice called ‘Wardriving’ where someone uses a WiFi device to scan for networks whilst in a moving vehicle – Some then go on to publish where there are ‘open spots’. To make sure you don’t become a victim of the above, there are a few handy tips to consider below.


  • Always make sure that your Wireless Router or Access Point is secured (WPA)
  • If possible, use an alphanumeric WiFi password
  • If you are willing to share your connection with someone else then don’t leave your WiFi device unsecured and understand what they will potentially be using the connection for
  • Most generic WiFi routers come with a default username and password for administration purposes (including changing and resetting WiFi password – it is good practice to change this, especially if you don’t wish you children to have unsolicited connection to WiFi
  • Ensure you disable the SSID broadcast on you Access Point this will hide your Wireless access point from unwanted users
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