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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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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