Your home may be set up for wireless internet, streaming and file sharing, but try telling your printer that. If you're stuck lugging your laptop to a USB connection, a wireless print server may be a worthy purchase.
The ever-helpful Digital Inspiration blog lines up three of the most likely suspects available for purchase, costing between $US60-$US80. You can often find them cheaper, and slightly used, and some models, like the Netgear WGPS606, can also serve as a wired router for other non-wireless devices.
Why would you plunk down that much on a print server, when printers with built-in wireless will probably be $US50 in a year or two? Digital Inspiration has a few suggestions:
- If your current printer is relatively new and you paid more than $US100 for it, then it may be more economical for you to simply purchase a wireless print server instead of purchasing an entirely new printer with the same features.
- If a wireless printer in not available in your area, you can buy a regular USB based wired printer and get someone to ship you a wireless print server. This would incur less shipping costs than ordering a wireless printer.
- Some wireless print servers can be used as wireless routers. If you do not have a wireless router at your place, you can opt for a wireless print server as it will not only turn your printer wireless but you also get to setup a wireless home network.
Now here's the real question. Have you found a wireless print server with more features or better functionality than what's posted at the link? Found another, cheaper solution to the last wire-required device in your house? Tell us all about it in the comments.
How to Turn your Wired Printer into a Wireless Printer [Digital Inspiration]