November 18, 2004 9:41 AM PST

Dell goes wireless with printers

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Dell on Thursday announced a Wi-Fi enabled adapter for its printers.

The Wireless Printer Adapter 3300 allows users to print, scan or fax without being connected to their printers. The computer needs a wireless card and must be connected to a wireless network.

The $99 network adapter works with Dell's Personal Laser Printers 1700 and 1700n, as well as a new all-in-one system also announced today, the company said.


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The new system, the All-In-One Printer 962, features automatic document feeding, a built-in fax modem and digital camera connectivity. It also has an optional photo ink cartridge for creating high-resolution pictures, the device maker said. The new printer will sell for $179.

The Round Rock, Texas, PC maker entered the printer business in March 2003 with Lexmark as its manufacturing partner, and has been expanding its product line to address different segments of the market.

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The Wireless Printer Adapter 3300 allows users to print, scan or fax without being connected to their printers. The computer needs a wireless card and must be connected to a wireless network.

I doubt that a computer needs a wireless card. A wireless network for sure, but as long as a wired computer is attached to the same network as the wireless network, all computers, both wired and wireless should be able to print to these printers. Most people are installing wireless print servers not just so wireless computers can print to them, but instead so they can place their printer anywhere within the wireless network so both wired and wireless computers can print to them without having to run cables. Since most networks have a mixture of both wired and wireless computers on the network, this article may confuse people into thinking that Dells solution will not work for their wired computers.

The only way this statement could be right was if the printer worked in Ad-Hoc mode, which of course would be inconveinient because you would have to jump from wireless network to the printers network evertime you wanted to print. Or, if the print adapter had a built-in AP, the statement would be true, but that would mean the adapter would have to have an ethernet port on it also, which it does not appear to have.
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