With Ozioma Ubabukoh, 07053937947 email@example.com Wireless printing can sound a bit technical, but it’s usually quite easy to set up and use. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can take advantage of a printer’s wireless features. Wi-Fi printing Wireless printing is hugely convenient, because it makes it easy to share […]
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Wireless printing can sound a bit technical, but it’s usually quite easy to set up and use. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can take advantage of a printer’s wireless features.
Wireless printing is hugely convenient, because it makes it easy to share your printer with your computing kit. All the main printer manufacturers now include models in their ranges that have Wi-Fi on-board.
Naturally, to set up wireless printing, you will need to have a wireless network in your home. However, most people with a broadband connection will already have a wireless router, as broadband suppliers usually include them as part of their start-up packs.
There are three main ways to connect your printer to your Wi-Fi network: using Wi-Fi Protected Setup, using the printer’s on-board Wireless Setup Wizard, or by connecting your printer to your computer via USB and using the supplied software to configure the wireless connection.
The easiest option is to use the WPS if your router and printer both support it. With the WPS, you don’t have to know your network’s name (or SSID as it is officially known) or password. Instead, you simply select the WPS option on your printer via its control panel and then press the WPS button on your wireless router. The two devices will then automatically communicate with each other to establish the connection. Once the connection is set up, you just install the driver software from your printer’s installation CD-ROM on all the PCs in the network that will be used for printing.
The second way to configure your printer is to use its wireless setup wizard. To use this, you’ll need to know your Wi-Fi network’s name as well as its password. The wizard will first perform a scan to find nearby networks. Then you select the name of your network from the list and enter its password. Once the password is entered correctly, your printer should be available on your network. You’ll still have to install the driver software for your printer, however, on all the computers that are going to be used for printing. After that job is complete, you can start printing from anywhere in your home.
The final option is to configure your printer by first connecting it to your computer via USB. Some people may find this option easier than the second method, as it can often be a bit fiddly to enter long Wi-Fi passwords using your printer’s basic controls.
Before you actually connect your printer to your computer’s USB port, make sure you’ve loaded the printer’s installation software from the CD-ROM that it came with. It will guide you through the set-up process and ask you whether you want to use a USB or Wi-Fi connection.
Simply choose the Wi-Fi option, select your network name and enter its password. The software will send this data to the printer’s memory and then install the drivers on your PC. Don’t forget that you’ll also have to install the printer drivers on all the PCs in your network that you want to be able to use for printing.
AirPrint is a relatively new technology from Apple that has been integrated into all of the iOS devices that use version 4.2 or later of the operating system, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It allows any of these products to print directly via Wi-Fi from any AirPrint-compatible printer without having to install any drivers or other software.
When you’re viewing a webpage, document or picture on your iOS device’s screen, using just a few taps of the screen, you can send what you’re viewing wirelessly to your printer and be holding a hard copy in your hands within a matter of seconds.
With AirPrint, you can print from Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork and PDFs in iBook, and there are a number of third party iOS apps that support printing too. If you choose to print a photo, AirPrint will even automatically select your printer’s photo tray, if it has one.
AirPrint is supported on an increasing number of printers. These include HP’s entire ePrint range, selected Brother models, and all of Epson’s Wi-Fi compatible models.
AirPrint doesn’t really require any set-up, because as long as your printer and iOS device are connected to the same network, they will automatically find each other. All you have to do is select the ‘Print’ option in the iOS, tap the ‘Select Printer’ button and then choose your printer from the list. Next, you simply select the number of copies you want and press print.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that is primarily designed for use in mobile devices, such as mobile phones. Unlike Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is designed to be used over short distances, typically just a few metres. The benefit of Bluetooth is that it draws very little power, so it’s kind to your phone’s battery. It does, however, have some drawbacks, not least that Bluetooth connections are typically much slower than Wi-Fi connections.
Bluetooth is usually used for transferring files between mobile devices as well as streaming audio from mobile phones to wireless headsets and headphones. For a while, Bluetooth was also a popular technology for wireless printing, especially for printing photos from mobile phones.
As most smartphones now come with Wi-Fi on board, Bluetooth’s popularity is waning, and as a result, it’s now only found on a small number of printers, and often then only as an add-on.
Bluetooth printing is supported on Canon’s current Selphy range of portable printers, for example, and some of its Pixma models, such as the MX320, but only via an optional plug-in card. Bluetooth support is also built-in to a limited number of HP models.
Not all phones that have Bluetooth onboard support Bluetooth printing, so it’s worth checking your phone’s manual before investing in a Bluetooth-enabled printer. Nevertheless, Bluetooth printing is a handy feature if your phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi, as it lets you print snaps from your phone without having to hook up any cables, or first transfer your snaps to a personal computer.
Before you can print via Bluetooth, you first have to set up an initial connection between your phone and printer, using a process known as pairing. Usually, this involves putting your printer into ‘Discovery Mode’ via its Bluetooth menu, and then starting a search for other Bluetooth devices on your phone. Once your phone finds the printer, you then have to enter a four-digit passcode to establish the connection.
After the pairing process is completed, your phone and printer will remember this passcode so you won’t need to enter it again. When you want to print from your phone, you will simply need to be within the Bluetooth range of your printer, call up the photo you want to print and then choose the Bluetooth option. This is usually available in your phone’s photo gallery, where you select ‘Send To’, or something similar. Then, you select Bluetooth as the transfer method and choose your printer as the target device.
Smartphone and tablet printing apps
The growing popularity of smartphones and tablets has meant that more and more of us want to be able to print directly from our mobile devices, rather than having to sync photos and files with a PC when we want to produce hard copies. Thankfully, printer manufacturers have cottoned on to this and now all the major brands have produced their own free smartphone and tablet printing apps.
Cloud printing is a relatively new concept. Essentially, it allows you to connect your printer to the Internet and then access it from anywhere in the world via the Web.
You can be sitting in an Internet café in Sydney, for example, and send some photos to your printer at home, so your family can see what you’ve been up to on your travels. Or you can be at your office a few miles from your house and print out your boarding pass for a flight you have to catch later, so it’s ready for you to pick up when you get home.
There are two approaches to cloud printing. The first is commonly called email printing. With this method, your printer is assigned an email address and any file that you email to this specific address will be printed by your Internet-connected printer.
The advantage of this is that you can print from any mobile device that has email support without having to install any extra driver software or apps. There are email printing services available from companies such as Kodak, HP and Xerox.
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The printing press
A printing press is a device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium (such as paper or cloth), thereby transferring the ink. Typically used for texts, the invention and spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium, revolutionising the way people conceive and describe the world they live in, and ushering in the period of modernity.
The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German, Johannes Gutenberg, around 1440 based on existingscrew presses. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed a complete printing system, which perfected the printing process through all of its stages by adapting existing technologies to the printing purposes, as well as making ground-breaking inventions of his own. His newly devised hand mould made for the first time possible the precise and rapid creation of metal movable type in large quantities, a key element in the profitability of the whole printing enterprise.
The printing press spread within several decades to over 200 cities in a dozen European countries. By 1500, printing presses in operation throughout Western Europe had already produced more than 20 million volumes. In the 16thcentury, with presses spreading further afield, their output rose tenfold to an estimated 150 to 200 million copies. The operation of a press became so synonymous with the enterprise of printing that it lent its name to an entire new branch of media, the press.
In Renaissance Europe, the arrival of mechanical movable type printing introduced the era of mass communication, which permanently altered the structure of society. The relatively unrestricted circulation of information and (revolutionary) ideas transcended borders, captured the masses in the reformation and threatened the power of political and religious authorities; the sharp increase in literacy broke the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning, and bolstered the emerging middle class.
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