View Full Version : Network Printer vs "Just a Printer"

01-06-2012, 05:40 AM
I have a router with several computers and I can printer on a non-Network Printer with all my computers because I'm sharing the Printer thought my Windows 7 Workgroup. Now I just ordered a Network Printer which is the Samsung ML-2955-ND thought amazon.com for $79 and it's a duplex printer also which is called a Workgroup printer. What value is a Network Printer vs. just a regular printer like my Brothers HL-2140?

01-06-2012, 08:09 AM
You can connect via wifi and any computer on the same network will be able to print on that printer wirelesly.

01-06-2012, 09:21 AM
The main advantage is that the printer doesn't have to be connected to a computer, which then has to be turned on if you want to print from another computer on the LAN. Of course, quite a few routers allow the connection of a non-network printer via USB, which has the same effect.

01-06-2012, 09:27 AM
Yes I use a switch with built in print server, but they are not available anymore at least the one I have isn't. It does make life easy though as I can print on any computer anywhere in the house regardless of which computers are on or off

01-06-2012, 10:31 AM
You don't need TWO computers to be on. The printer can connect itself onto the RJ45 or Wifi network. Ie. your broadband router.

01-06-2012, 10:47 AM
My printer has Ethernet. It's great!