Wireless networks can be amazingly convenient-until you have to deal with the sometimes prickly issue of sharing a printer. Fortunately, there are solutions. The $149 (street) Actiontec 54Mbps Wireless Multiport Printer Server is one way to go for those who need multiple printers but don’t want them tethered directly to their computers and prefer mobility from any location around the house or office.
Hooking up a new printer to your wireless network takes some time but should be relatively painless. The quick-start guide walks you through the initial steps and is pretty straightforward. You’ll need an internet connection for setup as well, so make sure all of those are working properly before beginning!
We recommend going through the CD-based user manual if anything goes wrong or feels unclear during setup because it can save a lot of hassle later on down the line when troubleshooting any issues that may come about after installation.
Why bother with cables when you can use wireless printing? These days, all the big players in this game offer powerful and reliable products. You don’t have to go far before finding Belkin, D-Link Netgear, or SMC Networks.
Wi-Fi and VoIP team up to make calling more flexible.
Businesses have been steadily transitioning from traditional telephones to VoIP and Wi-Fi. One of the latest developments in this movement is Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) phones which combine Wi-Fi with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This new technology can be plugged into a SIP based system, like Skype or Vonage, without any need for additional hardware.
The newest of those phones is the ZultysWIP2 wireless IP phone, a full-featured device with voice encryption and three-way conferencing capabilities. WIP2 includes everything you’d expect in a high end VoIP phone, but it also lets you prowl around the premises using its Wi-Fi capability! While pricing hadn’t been set as of press time–it’s expected to be $400!–the ZyXEL Prestige P2000w offers many similar features for just 230 bucks (street). There are some tradeoffs, though; your Talktime will only last about four hours on this model before needing recharging, and remember that when within range of an access point, you can only converse.
Vonage has released a new Wi-Fi handset that works with their service and is expected to be available by the time you read this. This release may also lead more manufacturers of VoIP phones onto the market in an effort to capitalize on increasing demand for these devices.