We are frequently questioned about wireless printing and photocopying technology, also known as Wi-Fi printing/copying, when we visit our clients in Sydney.

In today’s blog, we’d like to discuss the advantages and downsides of wireless network printers. To begin, we’ll give you a brief overview of them.

Advantages of Wi-Fi printer:

1) Except for power, no cables are required.
2) You can put the printer wherever you like.
3) It allows you to print directly from handheld devices like tablets and phones.

Disadvantages of Wi-Fi printer:

1) They can slow down your wireless network.
2) If your network security is insufficient, Wi-Fi printers create a new gateway for anyone accessing your network.
3) It is normal for Wi-Fi printers to have connection loss and drop outs.
4) Wi-Fi printers can have delayed print speeds and print problems if the network is busy, if there is network interference, or if the signal strength is low.
5) Setup might be time-consuming.
6) When difficulties arise, they are more difficult to locate in Wi-Fi printers.

To begin, there are two types of wireless printers on the market today. A Bluetooth printer can be connected to any computer that supports Bluetooth. Its biggest advantage is that it may be placed many metres away from your computer and still function without a cable dangling across your desk. A Wi-Fi printer connects wirelessly to a Wi-Fi router, allowing any computer on that network to access it.

It looks extremely neat because there is no extra connection to go from your router or PC. Because you can install the printer practically anywhere, you are not constrained to putting it next to a computer or a network connection, saving you money on cabling. Finally, we discovered that wireless printers are more likely to support printing from mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

The disadvantages of wireless technology and wireless printing are, of course, on the other side of the coin. Wireless printing can be substantially slower than wired printing. This is because the router acts as a repeater, reducing the speed at which a print job is transferred. When you combine this with the prospect of multiple users printing to the same machine at the same time, the print job traffic bottleneck will decrease production and stress your wireless network.

When a printer loses its capacity to connect to a wireless network, it might be difficult to repair because turning it off and on may not solve the problem.

To summarise, we propose that if you want to connect FROM a wireless device TO a printer, you hard wire your printer to the wireless router at this time. By connecting it directly to the router, you have a faster, more stable, and more secure option.

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