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Bluetooth Printer – A wireless printing technology

Every coming technology has something to do with the previous technology. Or we can say that the new technology is the latest version of the existing technology.

Printers are used in various fields to output the required information in hard format. We use printers in our homes, offices, workplaces, studios, hospitals, shopping malls, educational institutes, industries, etc.

Students use printers to print out their notes, assignments, study material, drawings, etc. In the medical field, Doctors use it to print out their patient diagnostics reports. Business persons use it for printing their presentations, report, profiles, etc. However, stores, cafes, restaurants, hotels, printers are used to print for different specific purposes.

Had we thought that documents or files would also be printed wirelessly?

Now, printers are also available that can print your files wirelessly.

Types of Wireless Printers

There are two types of wireless printers:

1.      Bluetooth printers

Bluetooth printers have wireless printing capability within a short-range because Bluetooth uses low power to connect devices over the wireless network.

Picture showing that handheld devices are connecting with bluetooth printer

2.      Wifi printers

Same like Bluetooth printers, Wi-fi printers also have a wireless printing facility but over a large range more than Bluetooth.

The Picture represents that laptop and printer are connected with wifi

In this topic, we will discuss Bluetooth printers but before exploring Bluetooth printing technology, have a brief introduction of Bluetooth and its devices.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth technology was introduced in 1989. The purpose of this technology was to transfer data between two or more communication devices wirelessly that exist in a short range. The data that we can exchange may be in the form of photos, videos, text. The Bluetooth technology is capable to transmit data within the range of 10 meters.

Graphical representation of Bluetooth devices within a range of 10-meter circle

Bluetooth headset is a popular example of this technology that we use to connect it with our mobile phones to transfer our voice-over to another mobile phone user. By using this Bluetooth device, we can not only talk but also listen to music wirelessly.

Bluetooth Devices

Nowadays, keeping in view the trend of wireless technology, Bluetooth technology has become more advanced and so many Bluetooth devices have been developed which are being used frequently to get rid of a wired or physical connection.

Examples of multiple Bluetooth devices are microphone, speakers, keyboards, earbuds, TVs, laptops, watches, inverters, cameras, headphones, mobile phones, Printers, etc.

Multiple Bluetooth devices can be seen in this picture.

Bluetooth Printer

Bluetooth printer has a wireless printing technology that enables us to print our pictures, documents, text, etc without any need for a physical connection. It provides the easiest way to print our required job even when the printer is set up on another room or floor or within the range of 10 meters.

Feature of Bluetooth Printer

Bluetooth printer offers an effortless environment because it does not need a wire to connect your device even we can give the print command by using our mobile phone. To use the Bluetooth printer, our device must have Bluetooth functionally and that’s it.

It can be configured on any operating system whatever you have it may be Windows, Android, or IOS, to operate the printer wirelessly. It reduces the hardware cost.

The Bluetooth printers can also be connected with wires or cables. In other words, we can say that every Bluetooth printer has has also the functionality of a wired connection.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Following hardware is required to set up the connection:

  1. Bluetooth Printer
  2. A Power cable to supply power to the Bluetooth printer
  3. Bluetooth supported devices such as laptop, PC, or mobile phone
  4. Printing material for printout

Following software requirements must be considered to connect with Bluetooth printer:

  1. Window 7 or higher operating system in your laptop or PC.
  2. A Compatible Bluetooth drive

How to set up a Bluetooth printer

The following steps describe how to connect a Bluetooth printer with your computer or laptop:

  • Plug the power cable into your Bluetooth-enabled printer to provide a power supply.
  • Ensure that your Bluetooth devices, laptop, and printer must be in discovery mode. So that they can detect each other.
  • On your laptop, go to the control panel and open Bluetooth devices.
  • Click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and select your Bluetooth printer.
  • In a short while, your printer will pair with your laptop.

What is the difference between Bluetooth vs Wi-Fi printer

Major differences between these two types of wireless printers are here as under:

ParametersBluetooth PrinterWi-Fi Printer
Hardware RequirementBluetooth – If your computer or laptop does not have built-in Bluetooth, then you have to plug in an extra Bluetooth USB adaptor to use the wireless printing feature.Wifi connection or network
Printing RangeDue to the low power connection, it can print with a range of 10 meters.With power radio bands as compared to Bluetooth, it can print up to 100 meters and the wifi range can be further extended by using extra hardware such as repeaters.
Set upEasy to set up – Does not need any technical expertiseIt is a little complicated than Bluetooth printers. To set up a wifi-printing network requires more technical assistance.
Easy to useSimple and easy to connect and useComplex configuration and time consuming
Power ConsumptionLowHigh
Connection problemLess chances of connection lossUncommon
SuitabilitySuitable for short-distance printingSuitable for large distance printing
Table showing comparison between Bluetooth printers and Wifi printers over different parameters

Latest models of Bluetooth Printers

HP Envy 6055e All-in-One Wireless Color Printer

Canon Pixma MG3620 

HP Sprocket Studio 4×6” Instant Photo Printer

Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

KODAK Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer – Bluetooth Printer for iPhone

Phomemo M02Pro Portable Printer – For Mobile Phone Android and IOS

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