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Feb 10, 2019 12:19:28   #
kenArchi
 
Is there less of print quality wireless? Or is it better to connect USB cable?

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Feb 10, 2019 12:21:44   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
There is no difference in print quality. You may have problem installing the printer wireless but it's not that difficult.

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Feb 10, 2019 12:22:32   #
speters (a regular here)
 
kenArchi wrote:
Is there less of print quality wireless? Or is it better to connect USB cable?

I have never experienced a loss of print quality when going wireless, and it would absolutely not make any sense if there would be!

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Feb 10, 2019 12:24:05   #
Fred Harwood
 
Go wireless. It's painless and lets you put your printer virtually anywhere.

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Feb 10, 2019 12:28:10   #
GoldwingerTX
 
Everything is same except speed, which is between 10 & 30 percent slower with wireless.

kenArchi wrote:
Is there less of print quality wireless? Or is it better to connect USB cable?

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Feb 10, 2019 12:28:42   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Fred Harwood wrote:
Go wireless. It's painless and lets you put your printer virtually anywhere.


I actually have problem with wireless printer. When I turn the printer off and back on sometimes it doesn't connect. So now I connect my printer via wired ethernet to the router. I can print wirlessly from a laptop but the laptop is communicating via wifi only to the router not the printer directly. Of course doing so I have to put the printer near the router but it's not a problem for me.

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Feb 10, 2019 12:29:39   #
kenArchi
 
Thanks guys, your quick response is much appreciated.

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Feb 10, 2019 12:43:25   #
limeybiker
 
Hard wired will be faster, but if you share a printer with someone else you can have the printer located for mutual ease of use, Windows 10 will automatically install it.

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Feb 10, 2019 13:05:52   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
kenArchi wrote:
Is there less of print quality wireless? Or is it better to connect USB cable?


In either case, WiFi or Wired, your file is spooled to the printer's memory before the print is initiated. So, the connection is just for data transmission, and makes no never mind.

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Feb 10, 2019 13:30:07   #
Salo
 
Hard wiring a printer does not necessarily make it print faster, but it may, depending on the volume of input data, reduce the latency between hitting "print" and the start of "ink" actually being applied to the paper. Good printers have a large buffer to hold the data that is being printed. If the buffer has to be refilled with data more than once, the wired printer will likely do so faster. If you're printing text or small photographs, you probably won't notice a significant difference, but if you're printing enlargements of huge data files, wired would probably be noticeably quicker (though still painfully slow). Of course, you would lose the convenience of wireless printing (although there are ways around that). It all depends on the size of the input to and the output of what you are printing.

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Feb 10, 2019 20:39:04   #
GoldwingerTX
 
All hard wired items works faster than with WiFi.
Check you camera, printer, laptop, desktop are anything else.
Using a RJ45 cable will improve the speed on all.

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Feb 11, 2019 04:35:43   #
jdubu
 
For my office and my wife's office, wireless is a convenience to cross print to other printers and connect various electronics in the whole house and outdoors.

She has a plotter in her office which is wired, but wireless for me to send plan drawings for print. My Epson photo printers are wired because they are close enough to attach via USB and my wife doesn't print photos. I have wireless extenders throughout the house to boost coverage and some PCs, entertainment components and our 2 NAS are wireless and some are cabled in.

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Feb 11, 2019 07:55:35   #
bikerguy
 
We have our printer connected wirelessly to one computer and wired to another. While wired may be "faster". it certainly isn't enough to matter. Hook it up either way, whatever is easier based on the location of the equipment.

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Feb 11, 2019 08:12:48   #
mborn (a regular here)
 
I have my printers all wired via a network router

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Feb 11, 2019 08:37:23   #
JeffR
 
I connect wireless from my laptop to the router, but have an Ethernet cable connecting the router to the printer. This eliminated the frequent connection problems I used to have.

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