Network Printers

Whether you are looking at wireless network printers or just a standard Ethernet printer, you have many choices to choose from to fit your home or business.  There are literally dozens upon dozens of printers for your selection.  All you need to do is think about what you need to use your printer for, how many people are using the printer, and how much you're going to print with it.  With those three things, you can decide if you need an all-in-one network printer or if you need just a single function.  Also, depending on what you're printing as well how much you're printing, can help you decide if you want an ink jet or laser network printer.

Network printers are very easy to set up and if you are able to follow instructions and have basic computer knowledge, you can do installation yourself.  If you don't want to set up your printer yourself, you can also pay various people and businesses to do the installation for you.  Depending on how many computers you're going to network with the printer, the price of such a service can range from $80 to over $500.

How to Install a Network Printer

Why choose a Wireless Network Printer?

If you're having a hard time deciding between a printer with built-in wireless networking and a standard Ethernet printer, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you own a laptop that has wireless capability that you want to print with?
  • Do you own a large home or business with multiple computers?
  • Do you have computers in more than one room?
  • Where will you be putting your printer?  If you could put your printer anywhere without worrying about cords, would you put it somewhere else?
  • Do you already have a wireless network set up?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should seriously consider getting a wireless network printer.  With wireless capability, you have a lot more flexibility for printer placement and can put your printer in places normally difficult or impossible for wired printers to be located.  Finally, if you have a wireless laptop and like surfing the internet or like typing papers on the couch, instead of having to get up and plugging into a printer, why not print wirelessly from the comfort of your couch?

Good Network Printer Brands

There are several brands that I have liked immensely for both ease of setup as well as quality and longevity of printers.  HP network printers are some of the best in world for the cost, quality, and simplicity of setup.  Whether you want to do a laser or ink jet network printer, HP has printers ranging in price from $99 to over $500.

Another brand that I have liked a lot and is much affordable than HP are Brother network printers.  Their printers are jammed packed of features and have a much lower start-up cost than the other printer brands.  Brother is also (in my opinion) one of the best for black and white laser printers.  If you want a mono network laser printer, you can't do any better than Brother.  They have one of the lowest cost per print as well as cheapest laser printers.


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