Most personal printers that are being manufactured these days have wireless capabilities. If you are working with a single desktop PC, a USB connection will suffice, but if there are multiple computers or other mobile devices in the home, wireless is a must. A printer that includes wireless support right out of the box, such as the Canon PIXMA ip100, opens up printing options for just about every device in the home, without the need to run ugly wires.
When the kids are doing homework in their rooms on their notebooks, dad is finishing up his work in his office on the Mac, and mom is perusing a gluten-free recipe book on her eReader, all can be connected to a wireless printer and print on-the-spot. Additionally, anybody in the house can print from mobile devices using specialized applications, such as AirPrint.
For the computers in the house, make sure you load the printer’s software driver so the two machines can find each other on the network. Mobile devices will be a bit simpler, as all you have to do is pull up the networks in the vicinity and select which to connect to. For security reasons, be sure to add password protection to avoid hacking, or your Wi-Fi signal being stolen.
Of course, a wireless router is required, which you will already have if the devices in your home share a wireless connection. Follow this link to learn how to set up a home network if you do not have one in place already. If you do have a functioning wireless home network, check out this video to see how simple it is to add a wireless printer:
Choosing a printer with wireless capabilities will give you accessibility and the convenience of printing from anywhere in the house from a wireless-enabled device. Save money by having only a single printer, rather than one for every computer, and eliminate the messy look of cords while expanding the printing range. As wireless support becomes more ubiquitous, even more of your devices will be supported, and you will be glad to have this capability built right in.