Wired Printers or Wireless Printers ?

What is the best way to hook up your printers Wired or Wireless ?

  Is a wired printer more efficient?  Is a wireless printer less reliable? 

These are common questions asked by consumers, and they deserve a coherent answer.

Most printers today are not just printers. 

They are also scanners, copiers, and fax machines, and it’s great when they work as designed,

but if they don’t it can be incredibly annoying. 

When you are buying a printer,

chances are you will choose one that can work either connected with a wire to your desktop or wirelessly using WIFI technology.

Wired Printers:

A wired printer connects directly to your computer using a physical cord with a USB plug. 

The advantage to this type of printer is that it doesn’t rely on a wireless signal that can be disrupted or lost due to

outside influences. 

In most cases when you use a wired connection to your printer,

it means that your computer can automatically detect the drivers for the printer and install them automatically so you don’t have to do those steps yourself. 

A wired printer can connect to a whole office network, so that multiple users can connect to it. 

This allows a whole office full of people to share one printer easily and efficiently.

Wireless Printers:

Wireless printers connect to your computer using Wi-Fi.

They usually require a password to allow your computer to detect the signal and allow it to connect properly. 

You will need to download the drivers for your printer from the internet. 

The manufacturer will have the drivers available on their website and you just connect to the website and click on whatever printer you have to download the correct drivers. 

Once you have installed the printer drivers on your computer you can follow the instructions to get your printer to connect to the local Wi-Fi network. 

This usually involves pushing the PWD button on your modem so that it will search for new devices. 

Once you’ve done that, you’re good to go.