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Thread: How to buy a Network Printer

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    Default How to buy a Network Printer

    Ok, very basic I know, but I'm shopping for a printer and I need to make sure it is network ready. Depending on the site, it is hard to tell if one is or not. I see things like: USB, HP Jetdirect, Fast Ethernet Embedded Print Server, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX, HP Fast Ethernet print server, Parallel, Internal Print Server.

    What is the difference between all of these? THANK YOU!

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    All of these mean it should have an ethernet network connection:

    HP Jetdirect, Fast Ethernet Embedded Print Server, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX, HP Fast Ethernet print server, Internal Print Server

    USB is USB connection
    Parallel is parallel connection
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    If you describe what you're looking for (home use, small business use, large business use, color or monochrome, fax, etc.) we can probably recommend a network model that would be a good fit ...

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    Even better! I am looking for an inexpensive black/white laserjet that will be a network printer, but primarily used by only two people. The monthly quantity doesn't need to be massive as they s/b using a different printer for big jobs. I have found some that are multi function for the same price or cheaper. They must be on special or something. i am not opposed to a multi function although they won't be using the fax mode, but a copier w/b a bonus but I'm not going to pay for the bells and whistles... if it comes out that i can for cheaper, great, otherwise just a b/w laserjet that is network ready!

    Thanks for your help!

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    I would steer away from the multi-function if they don't need it...toners are going to be more expensive, and they do not have a reliable reputation...

    I always recommend refurbished models ... toners are available for a lot cheaper than the new models, and literally "they aren't making 'em like they used to" -- the latest printer models from HP are cheaper China-made stuff... and maintenance parts are super expensive ...

    Two printers I recommend highly: the LaserJet 4000N --- I have nothing but good to say about this model, we use several of them in our office, the toners are available cheap, maintenance is super easy ...
    http://www.printertechs.com/printer/...rjet-4000N.php

    The other is the 2300N, a smaller printer but fast pages per minute and still fairly easy to maintain ...
    http://www.printertechs.com/printer/...erjet-2300.php

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    Thank you everyone! This is very helpful!

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    Buying a network printer is definitely a good choice. I have HP LaserJet 1320n in office which is a very good printer. Though it is a black printer but its performance and speed is very amazing.
    Last edited by cs_steve; 12-14-2009 at 04:29 PM.

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    Thank you , that was of great help to me.

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