As with most forms of networkable hardware, photocopiers are now available with built-in wireless technology. But what are the benefits of upgrading to a wireless photocopier and is it likely to cost you more?
What is Wireless Photocopying?
Wireless photocopiers are fitted with transceivers so they can communicate with a local Wi-Fi network. This is the kind of wireless network most people use at home. The wi-fi module might be fitted in addition to, or instead of, a traditional network card for connecting the photocopier to a wired LAN network but in terms of how the photocopier connects to the network and communicates with your computers, there’s no difference.
Why Wireless Photocopiers?
If your office computer network uses only wireless technology then a wireless photocopier will be a necessity.
If you use a dual network then a wireless photocopier will save you having to lay extra cable or install an extra network point for the copier.
A wireless photocopier is not restricted to one spot in the office but can be moved as many times as you like with no need for reconfiguration.
Most multi-function copiers from all the major suppliers now offer wireless connectivity as an option so going wireless won’t restrict your choice.
Other Connectivity Options
As well as wireless and traditional LAN options, modern photocopiers can also be fitted with the following connectivity options:
- Parallel port
These make it easy to use your photocopier with a variety of other devices on a regular or one-off basis so that visitors and hot-deskers can easily connect up and print or scan documents to their laptop.
What Will a Wireless Photocopier Cost?
With wireless technology rapidly approaching industry standard status and the cost of the technology dropping all the time, the cost of a wireless photocopier is not prohibitive. Home office machines already come with wireless technology as standard. In fact, as a percentage of the total cost of a business copier, wireless adds hardly anything to the purchase price.
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