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Top Reasons Why You Should Get A Wireless Printer

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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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