The advantages of wireless printing may seem obvious, but only in recent years have wireless printers developed far enough to make a significant impact on the landscape of consumer technology. Although digital copying and communication have become more prevalent, the need for paper hard-copy has not disappeared; the ability to lay hands upon something conveys permanence and ownership. Today, printers offer many options to meet the demands of modern, connected lifestyles.
A Brief History of Printing with Cords
Barely a decade ago, printing required a cable-connected computer. Whether USB or parallel wires were involved, setting up a printer required a complex mix of proper external ports, cords of sufficient length, compatible software that may or may not have integrated with all the desired functions and other software, and either direct access to the printer-attached computer or properly configured access to a network-shared printer.
As wireless devices increased in number and capability, the remaining wired infrastructure, including printers, threatened to become obsolete, outstripped by new technologies. Even as people revelled in the freedom made possible by their mobile devices, printing directly from those devices was impossible.
The Advantages of Wireless Printing
Wireless printing broadens the field of communication enhances our lives in many ways. The advantages of printing without wires include not needing to worry about proximity between source and printer. Setup costs are lessened because establishing a secure and adequately expansive wired network can need expensive architectural remodeling and rewiring. When the wires are removed, then counting free ports and nearby outlets becomes moot.
Moreover, a pre-existing wireless network of any size can easily accommodate the addition of yet another device that doesn’t need to be tethered to another device; setup is quick and easy without worrying about printer drivers and compatible software-based functionality.
Wireless networking is a popular attraction for any business or venue. Eateries, shops, malls, libraries, schools, and offices all benefit from having their workers and visitors online without wires. While it may not be feasible to put a printer into all of these locations, it’s a valuable commodity to many people.
It is indispensible for someone waiting for a plane and needing to print a contract or bulletin just received. For a small bookstore, providing paper applications for prospective employees saves money. In offices, the ability to wirelessly print allows work to be conducted completely from devices that lack wires entirely, which can greatly improve productivity.
Wireless Printing Features
A glance at the selection of wireless printers on the market today reveals that their variety matches that of cable-connected models. Beyond merely ink mediums of laser, inkjet, and photo; wireless models come in different sizes, even portable and pocket-sized. The lack of wires is simply one of many features, and doesn’t necessitate the sacrifice of other vital features. If a need exists, then technology develops to meet it.
Everything is Wireless
Wireless printing has become an expected offering. People expect such a service for their laptops, tablets, electronic readers, and media players. Whether Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G, making printers able to connect to the myriad wireless gadgets on the market today increases the flexibility of every system.
Daily living has become increasingly digital with its conveniences of both instant transportation and efficient modification, yet paper and its tactile security have not become obsolete. Rather than becoming a forgotten medium, printing will be around a few more years due to wireless technology.