Remote Print for BlackBerry allows you to wireless (over WiFi or BES) print any file from your BlackBerry including emails, photos, PDF, Excel, Word, address contacts, memos and more! Remote Print also lets you send files from your BlackBerry wireless to your PC.
Remote Print is available from BlackBerry App World, MobiHand or Buy Now
- Native integration into BlackBerry email, address book and memo applications for quick printing direct from the menu bar.
- Print Office (Excel, Word etc) and PDF files! (requires Office/Adobe reader to be installed on PC).
- Print photos and image files (png, gif, bmp, jped, jpg etc) direct from your BlackBerry.
- Use the send option to send any file directly to your PC without printing: great for quick BlackBerry->PC file transfers.
- Inbuilt file explorer to select files or whole folders for printing/sending.
- For BES users, print to your office printer from anywhere – even without WiFi.
How can I use Remote Print?:
- Receive an email and print it off in 3 clicks.
- Print out contacts and memos saved on your BlackBerry.
- Receive an attachment, download it and print it out all from the BlackBerry.
- Take a photo on your BlackBerry and print it out in a few clicks.
- Transfer (without printing) any file or whole folders from BlackBerry to PC at WiFi speeds.
How It Works
Remote Print is made up of two parts: the BlackBerry application, and a simple lightweight PC application – the Print Server (Mac is currently not supported).
After installing the Print Server and setting up a connection to the BlackBerry, you will be able to print to any printer installed on the PC direct from the BlackBerry. You will also be able to send files directly to this PC from the BlackBerry.
The printer can be changed from the Print Server program on the PC.
Note that you can install the Print Server on as many PCs as needed, and save connections to all of them.
Wifi Vs BES Connection
You can connect to the PC Print Server over both WiFi or BES.
For home use, a WiFi connection can be used. In this case, you will be able to print and send files whenever the BlackBerry is on the same WiFi network as the PC.
For an office with a BlackBerry Enterprise Sever (BES) installed, in addition to WiFi, a BES connection can be used. In this case you will be able to print to office printers and send to your PC through the mobile cellular network – even if there is no WiFi available!
Detailed Set Up Instructions
1) Download the BlackBerry application from here, and the PC side Print Server from here.
(The PC print server requires the .NET framework 2.0 to be installed. If this is not already installed on your PC, it can downloaded.
2) Install the Print Server and note the IP address and port written in the top left hand corner.
Server IP address and port seen when starting PC server application
Note for Vista users: On starting the server application, if you see the following error:
Server Error: Access is Denied You will have to change the permissions of the application. This can be done by going to the application folder (c:\program files\CCApps\Remote Print), right clicking on the Remote Print application (make sure you are not clicking on an image file with same icon), then clicking “Run As Administrator”. See below:
Changing permissions in Vista
Additional Note for Vista users:If the displayed IP address looks like a long string of letters, and not a normal IP address…
This means that your IP version 6 address is being displayed. In order to get your standard IP address (which is needed for the BB application), go Start -> Run, then type in “cmd” to start up the
From here, type in “ipconfig” to get your IP address in standard format.
3) From the BlackBerry application, press the change/add printer button.
4) Type in the IP address and port from step 2), and give the connection a name. Press “add”.
Creating a new connection with server ip address and port
5) Press the test connection button. If the test fails, the problem is probably a Windows Firewall setting. See below for instructions on how to fix this. Test the connection by pressing the “test connection button”
6) You are now ready to print and send files.
Windows Firewall Settings:
If the connection test fails, and the IP address and port are correct, please try changing the Windows Firewall settings:
1) Open the Windows Firewall settings by going Start -> Control Panel clicking on “Security Center”. You should then see the window below:
Windows Firewall Settings
2) If your firewall is already set to off, then your connection problem is not due to the firewall. Please double check your IP address and port settings in the BlackBerry application.
If the firewall is on, click on the “Windows Firewall” button at the bottom of the window to edit the Firewall settings. You should see the window below:
3) To see if the firewall is causing the problem, try temporarily turning the firewall off, restarting the Remote Print server program and then testing the connection again from the BlackBerry.
If the connection works with the firewall turned off, then turn the firewall back on again and follow the steps below to add an exception for the Remote Print server.
4) To add an exception, click on the “Exception” tab from the window above, then click “Add Port”. You should then see the window below.
Fill in the name and port number (in this case, the Remote Print server is set to port number 8080, but this may be different) and press OK.
5) Restart the Remote Print server program one more time and test the connection.