What printer interface should you use?

Your office has a printer that is located on a table across the room. Because there are no computers near the printer, you’ve decided to use a wireless interface to connect the printer to the local network. Which wireless connectivity would be the most appropriate?

A) 802.11

B) Infrared

C) Bluetooth

D) Cellular

The answer: A) 802.11

802.11 is the best solution in this example because of the distance of the printer from other computer systems. Although infrared and Bluetooth are useful wireless technologies, the distances and requirements for those interfaces aren’t practical for longer distances. It’s also very easy to get a print server that can act as an 802.11 device, unlike Bluetooth or infrared interfaces that often require a separate computer.

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