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How Server and Storage can simplify our printing jobs

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« on: July 03, 2012, 12:57:36 am »

Printing a document sometime back meant the simple act of connecting your computer to the compatible printer and having the pleasure of seeing your pristine black and white or color document coming out of the machine in seconds. Inventors however are never satisfied with simple things and their business is to go on to create more and more complex machines and equipments that of course makes life easier for us after we have managed to master the way they work.

It is to this latter category of equipment that the Print Server belongs and has come about with the introduction of WiFi enabled printers that have made it possible   to network your printer as well. This is extremely useful for the office so that you can share your work and document with the rest of the staff by the simple process of adding a printer server box into your network making it possible for everyone in the network to share the printer.  An USB Print Server can not only simplify network printing  but also saves in the long term by eliminating the need to buy supplies for a number of printers and also the space required for multiple printers in a small space.

A NAS Server or Network Attached Storage is in fact a hard drive that stores and serves data files from several devices.  This is a very helpful system for large companies to have because a NAS Server can centralize the storage of data and eliminate the necessity of having a separate server system for each client.  What a NAS Storage device does is   basically strip down file servers that are dedicated to storing and serving them to multiple systems on a specific network.  The NAS Storage device is usually connected to the network by a wireless system or Ethernet and has its own specialized hardware and own operating systems as well as microprocessors to run the NAS software.

If the need arises for you to connect a USB inkjet printer or laser printer to an existing wireless network the wireless   printer server will come in very useful, and all you have to do is to connect its USB port to that of your printer port. Itís usual for a Wireless Printer Server to have a USB port and a wireless receiver that enables it to receive signals from the router on the network.  Before the wireless printer server was invented the only way a USB printer could be used by those in the network was by connection the printer to the relevant computer and share it through the operating system.

Although this was manageable to a certain extent especially in the home, it was not very successful when used in a large office where many print jobs were sent to the printer. There was a general slowing down due to the heavy print load while experiencing many crashes and interruptions to work.  But the introduction of the Network printer server put an end to all these problems wherein a single or multiple USB ports belonging to a network could be added providing both wireless network connectivity as well as wireless printing through the same server.

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