Printers Provide Wireless Picture

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-04-14 Print this article Print

Verticals are leaders in the deployment and use of wireless technologies.

Verticals are leaders in the deployment and use of wireless technologies. So it should come as no surprise that Kyocera Mita has fine-tuned a version of its wireless-capable FS-3800 laser printer specifically for the health care industry.

Kyocera Mitas FS-3800 That version, the $1,364 FS-3800RX, includes functions geared to pharmacies, but the real benefits of this printer are relevant to organizations in any industry: superb print speeds, impressive print resolution and the ability to go wireless.

I tested the original FS-3800, a $1,299 workhorse of a printer that offers 25-ppm print speed, an IBM 200MHz PowerPC 740 processor and 16MB of RAM (upgradable to 272MB).

Enterprises with WLANs can untether the FS-3800 with the IB-22, an optional ($419) embedded wireless Ethernet card that is 802.11b- and Wi-Fi- compliant. The IB-22 includes 128-bit encryption for WEP security. (Organizations with wired networks will need to purchase an optional $369 10/100Base2 NIC.)

When I tested the FS-3800 equipped with an IB-22 wireless card on the Labs WLAN, the printer found the WLAN automatically via DHCP. I could configure the printer using a Web browser interface, but its also possible to configure IP addresses and other settings via the printers LCD monitor.

For faster throughput, the FS-3800 processes an entire file and stores an image in RAM before printing. The Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Adobe Acrobat PDFs I printed were crisp and clear.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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