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By Theo Kaloudis, Connectivity Support Specialist, Toshiba Australia 

Connectivity basics

In my job, I talk to a lot of customers and partners - people who are using our label printers or thinking about using them. The question I get asked most frequently about label printers is ‘What are the different ways I can connect my printer to the network, and what are the pros and cons of each’. I also find that when people do call with an issue, there are three troubleshooting tips I find myself giving every time. 

So in this article, I thought it would be useful to summarise what I find myself telling our customers: 

There are three ways of connecting your label printer to your network: 

All Toshiba label printers have all options. 

Network connectivity - how it works

 Network connectivity means that you plug your label printer directly into the network over the hardwired LAN. The blue network cable goes from the back of the printer, into the network switch or router.  The network sees the printer in exactly the same way as it sees any other device - the printer has an IP address and connects just like a desktop or laptop computer would. 

To set up the network connection, businesses need to install the right driver for the printer model and manually set up the network connection by configuring the port and the driver.  

With Toshiba printers there are two ways of doing this set up - they all come with the BCP setting tool which manages the process of configuring the IP address. Some printer models also have a display, so that the setup can be done direct from the printer. The setup will usually be done by the Toshiba business partner who supplies the system but customers can access it themselves if they want to.    

Pros of network connection

Cons of network connection

Wireless connectivity - the printer connects to the business’ LAN via WiFi or Bluetooth. It’s great for businesses that have an existing LAN, but need the mobility and flexibility of a wireless connection, Toshiba printers can be connected via WiFi or Bluetooth. As for the wired connection, the right driver and configuration settings are needed, which are managed through the BCP tool or directly from a printer that has a display.  

Pros of wireless connectivity

Cons of wireless connectivity

A word about Bluetooth - many devices now offer Bluetooth wireless connectivity and it can be a great option. But it’s important to understand some of the downsides too - Bluetooth is slower than WiFi and, because it works by constantly polling, it shortens the battery life of the printer and of the mobile device it is connected to. 

USB connection - with USB, the printer is connected directly to a computer via a USB cable. USB is a ‘plug and play’ technology, meaning that once you plug it in, the computer recognises the device and automatically uses the correct driver and configures the port. 

Pros of USB connection

Cons of USB connection

So there you have it, three ways to connect your label printer - each with its pros and cons, and one of which will be exactly right for your business. 

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