Wireless printers are the newest trend in printing technology. More and more wireless printers are being released by printer manufacturers, and these products are taking over the printer industry. Their popularity is due to the fact that they require no wires to be connected to any computer. But because it is a relatively new product, few people are aware about the benefits and drawbacks of a wireless printer. Here is a quick guide for you to assess whether this slick new invention is really better than the previous models.

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Benefits

Convenience. The biggest advantage of a wireless printer is the freedom of movement. When you’re using a wireless printer, there are no wires that obstruct your work space. Your device can sit still and you don’t need to worry about its distance from the computer because even if it’s quite far, as long as the printer and the computer are within the same network, you will always be able to access the printer. You are also given the freedom to put the printer wherever you want. As long as all the devices are within reach of the router, all printing activities from laptops, desktops, and tablet PCs in the home can be done on the wireless printer.

Connectivity. Wireless printers also offer extended connectivity. Imagine printing texts or photos from your Wi-Fi enabled mobile phone. You can easily wirelessly print data from your mobile phone, smart phone, PDA, tablet PC, or other handheld internet-enabled gadgets and you don’t even need to find a compatible wire to connect it to any other device. Just simply use the wireless connection to send the photos or texts to the printer.

Better Hardware. Because they are new, wireless printers sport more advanced features as compared to older models. This means these wireless devices can do more and perform better than the older wired models.

Networking. It’s also very easy to create a network sharing system using wireless printers, primarily because you don’t have to use too many wires or Ethernet cables to allow other computers to access the single device. Now you can share the printer with as many computers as possible as long as all of them are working within the router span.

Drawbacks

Signal Interference. The wireless system that makes wireless printers very functional is also what makes these devices very problematic to use. Because of the wireless connectivity, there are a lot of different interferences that can hamper the full functionality of the system. Mobile phone signals, microwave signals, and other signals from third party systems can intercept the signal of the wireless printer, making it difficult to access the device.

Slow Network. Also, the wireless function makes the device slower since the signal needs to travel through air, allowing a lot of interference to affect the transmissions of signals between printer and computer. This means if you’re looking for a fast network activity, you shouldn’t depend on a wireless network to provide that.

Cost. Wireless printers are also more expensive that wired ones, since they are newer models with more advanced technological features. It’s difficult to find a wireless printer cheaper than $100 and that’s a bad model with poor reception and no features. If you’re concerned about your wired printer being shared by many people or computers and you don’t want to connect a lot of wires in your home or office, you can fix this by just connecting your wired printer to a wireless router and letting the router do all the wireless work. It’s the same process as a wireless printer, although you still need to connect the wired printer to your main computer.

Conclusion

Wireless printers are great new devices that have a lot of benefits, but along with these benefits are drawbacks which, for some, may be more of a concern that the advantages that they can get from the device. Regardless of the pros and cons, it’s always a good thing to consider your primary needs first before deciding which model to get.