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Printers join the wireless pack

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This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Your office is on Wi-Fi, and just about every piece of hardware you have is wireless. If that sounds like your business, you'll be interested in extending that network to your printer. A wireless print server is your ticket to ride. It gives you flexibility in the placement of the printer and doesn't require a connected host PC to be on all the time. Most major Wi-Fi equipment makers--Belkin, D-Link, IOGear, Linksys and Netgear--have wireless print servers available.

Specs vary a little from device to device. Actiontec Electronic's $149 54Mbps Wireless Multiport Print Server, for example, supports two USB printers and one parallel port printer at the same time with 802.11g. Hewlett-Packard printer owners can look into HP's Jetdirect 802.11b wireless printer servers. Those run $199 for the internal version or $239 for the external model.

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