Wired Vs Wireless Printers
Printers are commonplace in homes and offices across the world and come in various shapes and sizes, with a range of different features to suit the needs of any type of user. One of the more exciting features to be introduced into printing in recent years is wireless technology. Wi-Fi is something most of us are familiar with in relation to computers and smartphones, and the ability to connect to the internet without the use of an ethernet cable has definitely improved computing, allowing us to use our laptops in any part of the home or office. The question is: do the same benefits apply to printing or are you better off sticking to a wired printer?
To even consider a wireless printer, you will need to ensure that your computer system has a wireless network card (it most probably will) and your home or business will need to have a wireless router. While it is possible to connect a wireless printer to a computer via a USB cable, investing in this technology will probably mean you want to avoid the traditional connection method.
Speed is a big issue when it comes to printing, especially if you require your printer to undertake large printing jobs. In terms of bare speed, you are unlikely to find any difference between wired and wireless printers at each level of the market. There will, however, be a noticeable difference in speed when multiple users are connected to the printer. With the internet, the more people that connect to a wireless router, the slower the service is going to be; the same will apply to Wi-Fi printers with people looking to print at the same time.
The major advantage that wireless printers have over wired printers is accessibility. Rather than requiring a separate printer for every computer or queuing up to connect to a printer via USB, a Wi-Fi model allows users to connect to a single central printer. This is obviously much more convenient and is a cost-friendly alternative to purchasing several individual wired printers.
A wired printer connects via cable and so requires no need for extra security. A wireless printer, on the other hand, shows up as another access point on the network and must be added to a secure VPN.
Ink is a major factor with any printer, and the cost of cartridges will not differ because of a printer being wired and wireless. Printer ink depends on the make and size of the printer, and whether you choose wired or Wi-Fi, it is wise to opt for a continuous ink supply system.
The price of printers in both categories will depend upon make, model and features; however, wired printers are generally much cheaper than their wireless counterparts are. If you work from a desktop on an office desk with room for a printer, there is probably no need to justify the extra cost of wireless system. If the printer needs to be stored in another room or access from multiple computers is required, though, wireless will prove the better investment.