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You might want to simply upgrade your existing printer to wireless using a Wi-Fi print server. If this sounds more like your cup of tea, see if your printer manufacturer makes a compatible model. If they don't, consider the offerings from Linksys, which is a dedicated print server, or perhaps this Netgear router which has printer support built in.

 

Wireless printing isn't really an innovation, but it's still far from being mainstream. In a way, it is strange that it took printer manufacturers so long to catch up. Mobile phones have long featured Bluetooth, and infra-red is a necessity for operating the TV, so the arrival of Wi-Fi access to printers is to be expected

 

 

 

 

Each of  three wireless connection methods requires that you first have a wireless network established. A wireless network consists of the following:

 

  • Broadband Internet connection: Including a cable or DSL modem.

     

  • Wireless router: Also called a WAP or Wireless Access Point, a router is the core of a wireless network, allowing communication between your computer, printer, and the Internet.

     

  • Computer connected to wireless router: Your PC should be connected to your wireless router (either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable) before you connect your printer.

     

  • Wireless-enabled printer: Many printers feature built-in wireless capabilities.

     

 

 

Connection method 1: One-touch setup

 

 

Ideal for: Those with a router that features Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and an integrated push-button.

 

Requirements: A router with an integrated push-button and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), such as the Linksys Wireless-G router.

 

Note: This connection method will not work with WEP encryption, as WEP is no longer a secure encryption method. WPA and WPA2 are now the recommended methods.

 

 

Connection method 2: Setup Wizard

 

 

Ideal for: Those without a push-button router.

 

Requirements: You will need the following information to complete the setup process:

 

  • Your network name, or SSID (Service Set Identifier).

     

  • Your WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption key or WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) passphrase—also referred to as your network password.

     

Availability: This connection method is available on most newer wireless printers. in-Ones.

 

Overview of steps: After you access the Setup menu from your printer’s touchscreen, simply select the Wireless Setup Wizard option and choose the name of your network. After the Wizard locates your network, you will need to enter your WPA passphrase.

 

Once your printer is connected to your wireless network, you are ready to install the software (included with your printer) on your computer that will allow your printer and PC to communicate wirelessly.

 

Connection method 3: USB cable

 

 

Ideal for: Printers with a wired connection to one computer that may be shared wirelessly with others.

 

Requirements: This connection method requires a USB cable.

 

Availability: This method is available on all wireless printers.

 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) is collaborating with Wireless Logic, an M2M Sim connectivity company, in the integration of data Sim connectivity within its printing devices.

 

As part of its CS Remote Care service, Konica Minolta is now embedding Wireless Logic Sim cards into each GPRS modem fitted to its printing devices and is using Wireless Logic's Managenet connectivity service, which addresses connectivity, security, managed firewall and M-VPNs.