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How to set up wireless printing at home

How to set up wireless printing at home

LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Laptop computers helped the desk-bound to combine productivity with mobility. Now, busy people can do even more on the move with the advent of Wi-Fi printing, according to the experts from Lexmark International, Inc. .

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"It's easy to understand the appeal of wireless printing," said Paul A. Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Consumer Printer Division. "When you can produce great-looking documents and photos without shackling your computer to a printer, any room in the house can be a comfortable work space."

Wireless computing has become much more commonplace recently with the adoption of laptops, but many people still are not reaping the benefits of Wi- Fi printing(1). That's because wireless solutions for the home have been costly to buy and complicated to install and use - until now.

Lexmark's new line of wireless printers is both affordable and easy for any customer to install, putting the power of wireless within reach for more people than ever before. Families who have cut the cord between their computers and their printers can be more productive. Besides the freedom to print wherever they work best in their home, wireless printers enable multiple users to print to the same device. And, with wireless all-in-one printers, users can print, fax, scan and access media card slots all wirelessly.

Going wireless

Need to know how to set up wireless printing? You might be surprised at how easy it is. You need:

-- A wireless-enabled computer. Many computers made over the last three years are already wireless capable, or they can operate wirelessly with adapters. -- A wireless router. This will serve as your Wi-Fi access point, the hub of your network. -- Broadband Internet access. While you can use your wireless router without any Internet access at all, or use dial-up, experts agree that there's real value in accessing online content via DSL or cable and making it available to every computer in your house. The cost of doing so, like with the hardware, has dropped dramatically in the past several years. -- A wireless all-in-one printer. By combining printing, scanning, copying and faxing, these all-in-one printers save time and money. One easily installed device centrally located in the house makes it easier to share.

When you set up your network using the wireless router, you'll need to identify that network on each of your wireless computers and during the installation process for your Lexmark wireless printers or all-in-one devices. You'll be asked about your service set identifier (SSID), which is basically the name of your network. Don't forget to consider the security of your network early in your decision process.

-- Common security types for networks include WEP, WPA and WPA2, and there is usually also an option for no security. At a minimum, you should look for WPA or WPA2 security and follow the manufacturer's instructions to encrypt your signal and set your own password. A password isn't mandatory, but if you don't use one, it's far easier for others to access your network, and potentially your computer. Setting up your wireless printer

A Lexmark wireless all-in-one allows multiple family members to print, scan, fax and access media card slots wirelessly from any home computer or laptop - all at the same time.

Setting up your Lexmark wireless printer takes only minutes, and can be done at the same time you set up your network.

The on-screen installation software guides you through the setup process. Everything is written in simple language, with helpful illustrations. As you step through the screens, the instructions are clearly presented, making it easy to choose the right selections.

If there is any question as to whether or not you have successfully connected your Lexmark wireless printer to your wireless network, the glowing Wi-Fi indicator on the front of the printer will provide you the status: When the indicator changes from orange to green, that means you are good to go.

If you love the feeling of freedom you get from your wireless phone and laptop, it's time to seriously consider upgrading your home or office to wireless printing. If you'd like more tips on getting started, visit Lexmark on the Web at http://www.lexmark.com/.

For more information about wireless printing, visit http://mediakits.lexmark.com/.

About Lexmark

Lexmark International, Inc. 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 http://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. Not all functions available across every model.

Lexmark International, Inc.

CONTACT: Shannon Lyman of Lexmark International, Inc., +1-859-232-5532,
slyman@lexmark.com

Web site: http://www.lexmark.com/
http://mediakits.lexmark.com/

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