The number of computers that can utilize your ID card printer depends on the connectivity interface you choose to use. Using USB cables, only one computer can use the printer at any given time. With Ethernet cables, however, the number of computers that can access your card printer increases exponentially and is limited only by your network’s capacity.
Most ID card printers have Ethernet ports built-in while others have them as optional upgrades. Ethernet ports allow users to connect their plastic card printers directly onto the local area network without using a computer.
Some new printer models offer wireless printing capability via WiFi.
In terms of network printing functionality, ID card printers are similar to standard office or home printers. As such, installation and network setup procedures for ID printers are generally the same.
When configured correctly, networked card printers are accessible to computers that are connected to the same network. The number of printers that can connect and print through a network-accessible card printer depends on how many computers are configured to access the network and the printer.
Printing ID cards using a card printer connected directly to the network via Ethernet or WiFi is as simple as selecting the printer from your computer’s "Printers and Faxes" or "Devices and Printers" window.
Conversely, if you do not want multiple computers accessing the printer and issuing ID cards, you can lock down the printer to only print from a specific computer, and utilize USB cables instead of Ethernet cables.
Need assistance in finding a card printer with Ethernet capability? We can help. Call our ID experts today at 1-800-667-1772. You can also get in touch via e-mail.
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