Understanding your wireless printing options

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Are you ready to reap the benefits of
wireless printing but unsure of your options?(1) You may be surprised to know
that there are several ways to print wirelessly at home, according to the
experts at Lexmark International, Inc.
    "People are often surprised to learn just how easy it is to cut the cord
that ties their computers to their printers and experience the freedom of
mobility that comes with Wi-Fi printing," said Paul A. Rooke, Lexmark
executive vice president and president of its Consumer Printer Division.

    Wireless printing options

    1.  Installing a print server has been the traditional way of connecting
        a printer to a Wi-Fi access point. Although this option works, it
        limits where you can put this equipment in your home because it
        requires that you connect your printer via cable to the print server.
        Other potential frustrations of using a print server include the fact
        that you need to purchase the print server separately and it is
        possible to run into compatibility issues with the rest of your
        computer equipment.

    2.  Direct, wired connections between a printer and a router are easier
        and a far more typical approach in most homes, but it ties you to the
        router, which limits your mobility and printer location.

    3.  Another option is to use your desktop PC as a relay to enable
        wireless laptop printing, known as printer sharing. Keep in mind that
        it doesn't work if the desktop computer is powered down, or even
        asleep, which means you have to make sure your desktop stays on.
        That's neither energy- nor time-efficient. You also must have two
        computers or laptops in this scenario, one hooked to your printer and
        the other for working wirelessly.

    4.  Using a wireless printer and router is the latest technology in
        wireless for the home, and is the easiest and most economical way to
        connect but still cut the cord between your computer and printer.
        Many computers made over the last three years are wireless capable
        (or can be fitted with a wireless adapter), so all you should need is
        a wireless router and a wireless printer. Both are easy to install
        and use, and there are a variety of choices for nearly every budget.
        Lexmark, for example, has introduced a new line of wireless printers
        starting at $99.99(2).

    The wonderful world of Wi-Fi printing

    Using a wireless printer and router gives you the most benefits,

    -  Wireless printing anywhere within your wireless network - giving you
       more mobility and reducing cable clutter.
    -  Step-by-step guide for quick and easy installation and use.
    -  Save time, space and money by allowing multiple users to use one
       printer - wirelessly.
    -  The freedom to place your printer almost anywhere in your home - you
       decide based on what suits your usage preferences and décor, with no
       worries about shackling it to your wireless router or computer.

    For maximum productivity, choose a wireless all-in-one printer that not
only allows you to print wirelessly, but scan, fax and access media card slots
as well. Lexmark's new line of wireless printers provides a variety of
choices, such as the new Lexmark X6570, which offers business-class features
such as two-sided printing, fax, automatic document feeder and vibrant,
borderless photo printing.
    "The beauty of Wi-Fi printing is that it transforms virtually any room in
your house into a comfortable work space, so long as it's within reach of your
wireless network," said Rooke. "That's why more and more people are catching
the wireless wave."
    For more information about wireless printing, visit

    About Lexmark

    Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE:   LXK) provides businesses and consumers
in more than 150 countries with a broad range of printing and imaging
products, solutions and services that help them to be more productive. In
2006, Lexmark reported $5.1 billion in revenue. Learn how Lexmark can help you
get more done at www.lexmark.com.
    Lexmark and Lexmark with diamond design are trademarks of Lexmark
International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    (1) 802.11 b/g/n wireless network required for all wireless functions.
        Subject to the range and capabilities of your wireless router and
        access to electricity.
    (2) All prices are estimated street prices in Canadian dollars - actual
        prices may vary.

For further information:

For further information: or photos, contact: Tracey Doherty, Lexmark
Canada, (905) 763-5471, tdoherty@lexmark.com; Sheryl Steinberg, Red Letter
Communications, (416) 633-6220, sish@red-letter.ca

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