A network printer is a printer that is connected to a central network (either at home or in the office), which allows it to be accessed by everyone within a particular network segment, or
who is given permission.
This means that when a print job is sent from the workstation, the data will travel from the workstation, through the network to interface with the server. From there, it will find a
printer on the network to print from, as if the printer had been directly attached to the workstation.
There are many advantages to using a network printer, such as:
Perhaps the most notable benefit of network printing is the ability to print from a location that is different from where the printer is physically. Although it may be inconvenient to walk
to the printer, not having to hop from computer to computer just to print seems more than worth it. Anyone able to connect to that network and printer can use it.
Not only can your computer print from anywhere, you can place your printer wherever is the most convenient for you. Is your desk too small to fit a decent printer? Cut the cords with a
wireless printer and keep it across the room on the large bookcase. You can put it anywhere you want for maximum efficiency.
Large scale sharing
If you are using a network printer at work, sharing can go beyond just the office. In manufacturing, network printers that print labels can be directly used by clients. The clients
can print their own labels to their exact specifications, instead of potentially running into mix-ups and problems with a middleman. There is no limit to the number of computers you can connect to a printer, as long as they are all on the same network.
You reduce the need for multiple, personal printers by utilizing a single, network printer. Not only does this cut out printer costs, but also paper, printer ink, toner and wire costs as well. By only having one printer, the household or office can consolidate and lower costs. In addition, high-volume, good-quality printers can keep an office efficient and working.
I like to keep my work area streamlined: everything has its own space and cleaning schedule. With several printers in the house, there are wires, papers and cartridges everywhere
creating excess, unnecessary clutter. Having only one printer will clean up the workspace dramatically, especially if it is a wireless version.
Many printers come ready to connect to whatever network you have set up at your office or home. Wireless printers only require a power source and will connect directly to your
computer. You’ll need to check with the information that came with the printer to set up the connection, bu is easy to work through. A wired printer needs an Ethernet, USB or another type of connection.
Network printers require a little more work to set up, but it is definitely worth the hassle to streamline printing, cut down on clutter, and connect more computers. As with all
printers, it is important to research what you really need and whether it will benefit you and your situation. What works for one doesn’t always work for someone else.
Carla Eaton has a B.A. in Mass Media and writes on the topics of business, technology, and design. She currently blogs for inkfarm.com, who specializes in Dell printer ink.