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Connecting Your Home Printer To A Network

2012-04-22

Home networking has grown significantly in the last several years and people want their electronics to work together throughout the house. Wireless networking in the house is possible for printers as well as smartphones and computers. Printers can be a bit more complicated to network than computers, but there are easy ways to manage printer networking and other necessary printer upkeep. Inkjet cartridges are designed to print with inkjet printers, which are the most common printers found in homes. Office printer ink is another option for businesses that need many computers networked into the same machine and these printers usually use laser printer toner to handle larger printing jobs.

People with computers that use Windows or Mac have a few options to set up their printers on a home network. The first way that computers can be networked with a printer is to set the printer up alone and then add the connection to each computer in the home. Many older printers do not have wireless built in and will need to be set up on each computer. Once the printer is set up on each computer, people can print on the same printer from any computer connected to the home network. Printers can also be connected directly to the router that supplies wireless Internet to the house. Printers can be connected to the router with USB or Ethernet cables to give the network access to the printer. This will make it so that computers can wirelessly print on the home printer and network.

One of the most popular ways to connect a printer to a home network is to use a newer wireless printer. The inkjet cartridges are usually the same on these printers unless they are photo printers. Photo printers usually use more ink and cartridges than standard inkjet printers. Having a wireless printer on a home network is ideal because it connects to any device online at the house and can be stored anywhere. With this kind of printer, there is no need to have the printer on a desk right next to the router to keep it plugged in. Setting up a wireless printer means plugging it in and entering the network security code that connects computers to the network.

Office printing is usually done on laser printers to save companies time and money when they are replacing the office printer ink and networking the printers. Ink is a bigger expense in offices that print a lot and toner saves money in the long run for companies. These printers involve a larger initial investment because the printers and the ink cost more than inkjet cartridges, but they will last longer before the toner needs replacing.

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