The advent of mobile printing is one of this decade’s most efficient and useful tools available. The ability to extract any sort of data from a mobile device and send it directly to print saves time and money. It also allows you to print anywhere with a network and a compatible printer. You now have the ability to print from any sort of device that has access to a network. However, there are certain things to consider before blindly connecting to one and trying to print something.
The way that wireless printing works is pretty miraculous. The wireless printer connects to a wife network much like a laptop does. Then, once a compatible device has also connected to the same network, that device enables file sharing, which allows the printer to view those files, and gives access to them just enough to put them to paper.
Due to the fact that there are no wires involved, and there is no limit to the amount of wireless connections that can be made. Therefore, you can connect all of your favorite devices to the printer at the same time without having to swap anything like you would with a wired printer. Not to mention, it makes it easier to print things from phones or tablets, which may be a convoluted process to begin with, as a variety of products, usually those of the apple persuasion do not have compatible components for connecting to printers.
Although, this free ability of connection can leave you vulnerable. By connecting your phone, tablet, laptop, or any other device to a file sharing network, you allow for others to be able to access all of your data. People use their computers to store a plethora of personal information. From birthdays to social security numbers and credit card data, if it belongs to you, there’s a good chance that it is stored somewhere in your computer. When your device is connected to a network, you risk the possibility that someone else may access your personal records and data.
But fear not. Mobile printing is not a reckless way of putting your documents to paper. If you follow these tips, you should be on your way to safe and efficient mobile prints. First off, as previously mentioned, security is the main concern. When you print, your files will be shared over a special network. Whether it is the cloud, iCloud, or a home group, these networks can be set up and tweaked by you for maximum security.
As always, make sure you have a rock solid password that will prevent people from delving into your personal information. Make sure that, the network itself that you are connected to (the Wi-Fi___33) is also secure. If nobody else can even log into your internet network, then you will have much less to worry about.
Also be sure to have proper protection on the device you set up the file sharing network on. Let’s say you created a home group on your laptop, but some phishing malware on your computer extracts your passwords. While it’s unlikely that somebody phished your computer just to access your home group, it is still a possibility. So make sure that all of your information is as secure as possible.
Additionally, if you are using a tablet or other portable device be sure to check out the available applications for your device. There are apps for all operating systems that aid in the process of mobile printing (as vanilla OS options can be extremely limited in performing mobile printing). Older model phones, especially those running on outdated and un-upgradable software, may require you to send your data to another device like a tablet or laptop before it can be even sent to print, so make sure to skim through every available option to help speed up these processes.
Last but not least, make sure you have the right equipment. It might sound redundant, but not all printers are wireless compatible. Make sure you have the right tools for the job.
By following these steps you’ll be on your way to fast efficient printing that is safe and easy. Not to mention wire free. Mobile printing is the way of the future for data to paper output, so make sure you get with the program.