Internet Connectivity

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2010-03-24 Print this article Print


Internet Connectivity

Depending on how strong the WiFi connectivity signal has to be for your business, this factor could be critical. The 802.11 wireless signal standard comes in several varieties, starting with the weakest, 802.11b up to the strongest (and newest), 802.11n. Others include 802.11a, developed around the same time as 802.11b, and 802.11g, which attempts to combine the best of both 802.11a and 802.11b. While 802.11n provides the fastest maximum speed and best signal range and is more resistant to signal interference from outside sources, it costs more than 802.11g and the use of multiple signals may greatly interfere with nearby 802.11b/g based networks. Make sure to check the office environment and the company's existing WiFi networks before committing.

Photo Printing Capability

Most major label wireless printers offer some level of photo printing capability, but these printers may not offer features more in line with high-output productivity, such as flexible paper handling or faster print speeds. On the other hand, some printers come with free photo editing software, adaptable print trays for different sizes of paper and the ability to print smudge-, fade- and water-resistant prints, like the Epson Workforce 610. The Dell V313W, for example, boasts PictBridge technology, which allows users to send photos to the printer from a digital camera wirelessly.  

Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at Before joining, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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