On The Go And Space Saving Printers
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Network Printers

Network printers: We wonder what Charles Babbage would think if he could see today’s technology driven printers. He invented the world’s first computer printer in the 19th century, which was a mechanically driven apparatus for his Difference Engine. Nowadays, network printers are used in small, medium and large offices to link many computer workstations to one main printer, which is networked.

Many non-network  printers, primarily used as a local peripheral, are attached by a usb cable, or a standard printer cable (as with older models)  to a computer,  which serves as the main document source for that printer.

The most populare printer in use by the general consumer is the Inkjet printer. This process operates  by shooting  varigated sized drops of molten liquid (ink) onto various sized pages when printing. This is used in for small local printers.

The laser printer is mainly used as a network printer.  Network printers have a built in, wireless and/or Ethernet, interface which serves as a hardcopy device for users on the network. Some printers are designed to support both local and network connected users simultaneously. The modern printers, at the higher end of the market, can directly interface with media such as memory card, or memory sticks, or image capturing devices like scanners, or digital cameras.  Some (MFP) Multi Function Printers / (AIO)or All in One printers / (MFD)Multi Function Devices have a combination of fax /scanner/and photocopying functions. These are non-printing features included in the MFP’s.

Virtual printers are computer software applications, with a user interface and API that duplicates a printer driver, one that is not attached to a physical computer printer.

Network printers are used for low-volume, quick turnaround print jobs, with no set up time required to produce a document. Printers can produce up to 30 ppm, relatively fast, but this is the higher end of the market printer. The cost effective printers are very much slower, with the related costs per page being higher. So network printers are used, which helps control project management of many computers in a workplace which all use the networked printer. This saves on costs enormously as many workstations can be networked to use one printer.

Recent research indicates that laser printers emit ultrafine particles, which can be  potentially dangerous. This of course varies with age, model and design of each printer. It has to do with the amount of toner required by the laser printer. The health issue relates to emission of particles affecting respiration, which is equal to cigarettes. This can be reduced considerably with a well ventilated area around the laser printer.

Network printers are the way to go if you have a large office with more than 5 workstations, as they can save on costs, are easy to maintain once set up correctly and save on space and wastage.