Choosing a new printer can sometimes be a bit confusing. So you may be left feeling overwhelmed by all the options that are available. One of the most common features that is now widely available is wireless printing. In this post we are going to look at the pros and cons of using WiFi to print. So if you are wondering whether you really need a wireless printer please read on.
Wireless printing does exactly what it says on the tin. It allows you to print without the need for the ethernet (network) cable. Users can choose from two different methods of WiFi setup. Some smaller devices have the ability to create their own ad hoc WiFi network if one doesn’t already exist within the office. However this method is not very practical outside of the home-office environment.
The method that we are interested in works by connecting the printer to your existing WiFi network. This is done via the internal network card which is installed within the printer. Setup is usually quick and simple, much the same process as connecting a laptop or phone to a WiFi network.
Do I Really Need a Wireless Printer?
WiFi offers flexibility within the office by allowing equipment to be used in virtually any space without running network cables. You will just need a mains plug socket. Consequently if you are planning to use your printer quite heavily or have multiple users then you may be limited.
Network speed is also usually limited over WiFi. Sometimes dramatically compared with a wired connection. Typically a 802.11g WiFi network will have speeds up to 54 Mbps whereas a wired Ethernet connection can be up to 1000 Mbps. Therefore if you are likely to be printing high volumes or scanning large files then you will be better off opting for a wired connection.
Still Want To Go Wireless…
If you think that a wireless printer is the best option you don’t necessarily need to have a wireless printer. There are now devices that can enable any network printer to connect to a wireless network. Using either WiFi adapters or Powerline adapters there are now easily accessible options for all office environments. If you would like any more info or advice please feel free to get in touch.