What do you mean by aircard? And what device are you planning on printing these documents from?Many printers today have mobile printing systems and applications that allow users to print without a traditional PC.
For example HP offers EPrint which is essentially an email print driver system. Instead of installing a print driver on your phone your phone sends an email attachment to HP with some identification. HP picks up and processes the job and sends the printer language back to your printer over the internet. The drawback is that your printer must be exposed to the internet for this to work, otherwise the email system cannot function.
There are other systems being developed that allow printing via NFC. In these scenarios you would approach a printer and connect directly to it via WiFi. Once the mobile device recognizes and authenticates the printer it submits the job and the printer does the rest. The printer would have certain default drivers loaded that allow it to print jobs but you then have to rely on firmware updates and lose a lot of flexibility when print errors are exposed.
The other technique would be specifically designed mobile printing applications for each OS. This technique is the least popular since it requires the manufacturer to develop and continually update spate clients for each evolving OS. Its much easer to maintain the same functionality with the previous two options so you don't see much development in this area right now.
I have a remote office with no internet connection. I need to be able to scan paperwork and send it out. I was curious if an aircard (network connection via cellular device) could be connected directly to any type of scanner set-up and operate independently? I don't want to have to use a cell phone hotspot, I would like something I could dedicate to the scanner (or all-in-one) that would allow the scanner/fax to send out documents on it's own.
This may not be possible but before I go and buy a computer and an aircard I was hoping in investigate all other options.
I don't need it to print, more importantly it needs to scan and send out.
I still do not completely understand what you mean by aircard. That is not a common term around here or anywhere else I hang out. If you are suggesting a USB modem, a 4G router or a Jetpack device then you would be much clearer at communicating your objectives. Aircard makes me think of the old school "cards" that you would install directly into a Express or PCMIA slot of a laptop. Those don't exist anymore so you definitely shouldn't purchase a PC just to install one.
To be clear, you cannot directly connect a printer to the VZW network at this time. That connection must go through one of the currently supported devices that VZW offers in their mobile broadband area. This is normally not a limitation for most people as the currently supported VZW devices are perfectly capable of doing what you want (all headaches from having a network (especially wireless) connected printer aside).
The big question I would ask you is if your solution needs to travel or not. If you want to take the internet with you (such as if it were in a "card" from your description) then you would want to look at either a USB modem + router combo or a Jetpack. If you don't need to move the printer or its internet connection then a 4G LTE router or LTE Internet Installed would be a better solution.
If you are planning on leaving this printer in a remote connection scenario where you send jobs to it from another location then your plans will get a little more complicated. Contacting VZW devices from remote connections is difficult and requires the use of a statically assigned WAN IP from VZW or a VPN. Since printers have no way of configuring either of these in relation you would need the assistance of a connected PC or a VPN supported router to complete the connection for you. On top of that you need to have the connection refreshed on a regular basis which usually means rigging up a light timer to reboot the equipment at least 1x per day or whatever interval that works best for you.
> I don't want to have to use a cell phone hotspot
If you already have access to a mobile hotspot feature on your phone then that will be the easiest way to achieve connectivity while you are in that area. Otherwise you are looking at setting up and leaving a normal VZW broadband device along with whatever additional equipment and configurations to make sure the printer is accessible from remote locations.