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Top Reasons Why You Should Get A Wireless Printer

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Top Reasons Why You Should Get A Wireless Printer

Nowadays, wireless printers are the preferred choice for home and office printing. They are exceptionally convenient given their ability to directly communicate with the network without the need to set up the device using wires and cables. Add to this the features of mobile and cloud printing, and wireless printers can provide users with the ease of printing from virtually anywhere. Furthermore, a workspace with limited room may find it more efficient to use a printer that supports wireless printing. Its flexibility can help maximize throughput, especially in working environments with multiple users.

While every device has its own advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons, here we’ll focus on the good points a wireless printer has to offer as we look at the top reasons why you should get a wireless printer:

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Setup and Connection

Wireless printers don’t have to be next to your computer and can fit in out-of-the-way areas. No cables or extra wires are necessary to connect the printer and computer. A router is the most important component you need during setup, and while you still need a power cord to connect the device to a power source, and other additional cables may be needed for specific purposes, the connection between a computer and the printer can be established over a wireless network. Thus you get one USB port freed up on your computer, which is quite the opposite from using a wired printer.

Most wireless printers are easy to setup, the only thing that makes the process hard is the user’s lack of familiarity with the process. The user guide or manual provided by the manufacturer is usually a great help. Basically, configuring a printer to connect with the Wi-Fi router requires enabling the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) option on the printer. Obtaining the IP address of the present wireless network will then be done automatically.

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Usefulness and Remote Accessibility

Once the setup process has been done successfully (run a test print: if it works, then high five for you!), besides the computer, all laptops, tablets and any other supported devices should be able to send a print task to the printer. Another noteworthy advantage of using wireless printers is that you can typically connect a wireless-enabled computer or laptop to the device without installing drivers.

The rapid advancements in the world of technology have led to the development of various devices that support wireless printing. Each printer manufacturer provides their own specific apps or software that are compatible with  devices such as smartphones, tablets, Android phones, and even digital cameras. Hewlett-Packard offers their HP ePrint app, Epson has the Epson Connect, while PrintShare, which works for Android phones, is available on GooglePlay. Print files and images through any of these supported devices directly to the wireless printer, and see the ease it brings!

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Energy and Cost Efficiency

Imagine the cost of maintaining several printers; one for each home or office computer. Would you still rather keep a standard printer, or switch to a wireless one? In a business setting, you may still require a few printers but not to the extent of having one per PC. Wireless printers can accommodate a number of computers, though there is a limit to their capacity. It may depend on the design of the workspace and the wireless system as well.

Unlike using multiple printers, having a single device reduces the expense of purchasing replacement ink and toner cartridges, and that’s a huge plus. Additionally, most high-end printer models on the market today are featuring Econo-Mode printing and Power-Saving modes, which tend to cut down the overall printing cost.

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In the long run, you can see how advantageous it could be to have a wireless printer. Furthermore, there are software, applications and cloud printing services for wireless devices that can help a business grow better by maximizing your printing tools. With all this said and done, what else would stop you from getting a wireless printer?

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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