Role and Benefits of Multifunction Printer
Details on a multifunction printer in a network.
A multifunction printer (MFP) or an all-in-one printer is a device that does several printing-related services on to the paper. It is a machine which performs the function of a printer, scanner, photocopier, and fax machine. Multifunction printers, from almost all the printer manufacturers, are available now. Samsung SCX-4828FN, Brother MFC-8480DN, Lexmark X342n etc are some of the multifunction printers available in the market. According to the environment, the multifunction printers are designed as AIO – which is for home purpose; SOHO multifunction printer - which is for small office purpose; Office multifunction printer and Production Printing multifunction printer which are designed for centralized printing jobs for a large office. With a multifunction printer in a network, things can be done faster, less expensively, and more easily.
Features and roles of a multifunction printer in a network are given below:
- System requirements
- Role and benefits
A multifunction printer does the jobs of a printer, scanner, photocopier, and fax machine. Its printing speed is measured in paper per minute or pages per minute and it also has the ability to print to its internal storage function. It supports all kind of paper formats. It is capable of printing in different modes such as print via e-mail, FTP printing, LPR, IPP etc. A multifunction printer is capable of scanning both sides of a paper at a time. It supports different scanning formats and has the ability to store and send scans from its internal storage. Its Fax feature supports TCP\IP fax methods.
Depending on the model, a system might need 96MB or 256MB of RAM. There should be a TCP\IP network access to support the Windows editions like Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Millennium, and Windows 2000 professional. But it won't support Windows NT, Windows 95. For Mac systems, it would need Macintosh OS 8.6 and above. A multifunction printer needs a minimum of Pentium (R) 233 MHz ranged processor. To install both the software and necessary drivers, you must have at least 800MB available in your hard disk.
Role and benefits
Since your printer is 'all-in-one', cable and other networking costs can be reduced. As it does the jobs of a scanner, fax machine, and photocopier in addition to printing, you have to take only small footprints in office or at home. Less space is required and it consumes little energy. A multifunction printer can be operated by the commands in its storage or manually so that it can be operated without the help of a computer. Most multifunction printers have built-in wireless capabilities. Multifunction printers are available in Inkjet and laser technology. Laser multifunction printers have better speed and text printing ability than Inkjet printers.
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