Printer Tips: Connectivity Concerns

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Printer Tip No. 6

Connectivity Concerns

It’s pretty easy to get sucked into a marketing campaign, especially when it comes to technology. Buzz words are flying, specs lists are running on to the second page and you’re left dazzled but still slightly confused. And when it comes to how you are going to connect your new device, you don’t want to be confused because it can and will affect the day to day performance of your home, business, workgroup, etc.


There are three mainstream ways of connecting most devices: an USB connection, an Ethernet connection and a wireless connection. Each of these can (and probably will) vary depending on how new the technology is but in a nutshell, a USB cable is a wired connection using a USB cable to connect your PC directly to your new device. An Ethernet connection is still a wired connection but your new device will be connected directly to your local network via an Ethernet cable and router. A wireless connection (Wi-Fi) will also be set up on your local network but your printer won’t be physically connected to anything but the outlet it’s getting power from.


The trick here is deciding what’s right for you/your business/your workgroup. Wireless is the hot trend, especially with all the new options for printing from the cloud but isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. Consider businesses who want a more secure, reliable connection to share among a group of employees– they will probably want an Ethernet option. Or if you plan on setting up your new device on your desk or not sharing it with other users, you may want to consider the more “old school” USB connection.


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