Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless Printers

As with all new technology, people are torn over whether to love or to hate wireless printers. But why? Let’s take a look at a few of the advantages and disadvantages and see if we can’t find out!

Advantages

No Tangled Wires

When it comes to wireless printers, there tends to be only one cable: the power cable. Since there are no other cables, it is impossible to have tangled wires. What’s so good about that? Tangled wires can lead to fires, tripping hazards, and other unwanted mishaps.

Can Print from Phones

Wireless printers allow you to print from any wireless device on the same network. This includes phones and tablets, devices which would otherwise require individual adapters in order to interface with a printer.

Print From Anywhere in the House

The ability to print from anywhere with a connection to the same wireless network to which the printer is connected is another major benefit. This means you can print from your bed, the bathroom, the kitchen, or the couch without ever having to waste time on a physical connection.

Disadvantages

Can Slow Down Wireless Networks

Too many devices on one network can bog down the speed if the router’s bandwidth isn’t high enough to support all of the devices simultaneously. This can be a considerable issue if you have a large family or a significant number of smart devices in your home.

Low Bandwidth Can Cause Printing Errors

When the router’s bandwidth is being occupied by multiple devices, it’s possible for your printer to malfunction. This means that it could stop printing right in the middle of an important job. It’s wired equivalent would be a poorly constructed cable connected to a computer.

Can Weaken Network Security

More devices means more access paths for hackers. Every device on a network allows hackers a chance to infiltrate the network. Good wireless security or printer security software is necessary to prevent this.

Conclusion

While there are many different advantages and disadvantages of wireless printers, this brief list should show you the most common of each and help you make up your mind on which type of printer is best for you.