Good news is - just like a regular Chromebook, CloudReady can be configured to print with both "classic" and Cloud Print compatible printers.
First, the "classic" printers: (this is an elegant way Google refers to an older generation of legacy printers)
The things you'll need:
- CloudReady computer;
- Windows or Mac computer to act as the proxy email/print server. It should be always left on and connected to the classic printer via USB.
Then, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector:*
- Open Chrome Browser on the computer attached to the same network as the printer. Make sure you are signed into your Google account within Chrome.
- In a new tab, open chrome://devices
- You’ll see a list of devices already registered with Google Cloud Print, and new devices available on the network.
- Under "Classic printers,” click Add printers.
- You'll see a confirmation that Google Cloud Print has been enabled*. To learn more, click Manage your printers.
*The system is still using the Cloud Print protocols to complete the action.
If you have Cloud Print compatible printers (also known as Cloud-Ready printers, not to be confused with CloudReady OS), please read the instructions below.
1. Use this page to check if your printer is Cloud Print compatible. Alternatively, check your printer for a "Google Cloud Print Ready" label, as below:
2. In the browser of your CloudReady device, go to https://www.google.com/cloudprint and click "Add Cloud-Ready printer". Find the manufacturer of your printer and follow the instructions to set up Google Print.
Feel free to contact the printer manufacturer's support team to help you set it up for a regular Chromebook, as that can be used with CloudReady in the exact same way.
3. Once the printer is set up, open a new tab of Chromium browser on your CloudReady computer, type chrome://devices - your printer should be listed under "My devices".
As with the regular Chromebooks, you can monitor the queues and share the printers with individual users via Cloud Print Page.
In a school/enterprise environment, it's easy to manage printing from CloudReady devices via Google's Admin Console. The printers can be shared with devices via admin.google.com Device Management > Chrome Management > Device Settings > Cloud Print.
We hope this helps get you started with printing from CloudReady devices!
NOTE: We will be updating this article soon with new instructions pertaining to CUPS / native printing for legacy ("classic") printers, which will be available on CloudReady starting with v61 - stay tuned!