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Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Why Your Printer Is Slow

A slow printer can slow down your workflow. Each page takes that much longer and your project might be delayed if you have to print a large number of pages. The fact that your printer is printing so slowly could be the result of an interference with the wireless signal or some other problem.

Wireless Printers Are Slower

If you own a wireless printer, you might notice that it is printing very slow. It is hard to print more quickly on a wireless printer than it is to print on a wired printer. If you are more concerned with printing more quickly than you are with having convenience, you might want to get a wired printer instead. Fortunately, most wireless printers come with a wire that can be used to connect the printer directly to the computer to allow for data to be transferred more quickly.

If you are shopping for a wireless printer, look for one that is compatible with 802. 11n spec. This can rival the speed of a wired printer.

The Printer Might Not Be Close Enough

Placing a wireless printer closer to the computer from which it is printing for will lead to a stronger signal, which will make the printer faster. However, if you place the printer too close, this can actually interfere with the signal.

Something Might Be Interfering With The Printer

Do not point your router’s antennae toward power cords and other computer wires. There might also be certain 2.4 GHz wireless devices that can interfere with the wireless printer, such as wireless routers, baby monitors, microwave ovens, cordless phones and wireless video game controllers.

Metal racks and walls that block the sight between the printer and the computer can slow down the print speed. Therefore, you might need to relocate the printer in order to get a stronger signal.

Check The Signal Bars

To determine if you have a good signal, check the signal strength bars to make sure they are not wildly oscillating. If so, press cancel and view the menu. You might be able to determine what is causing the erratic fluctuation in the signal.

Other Factors That Can Affect Speed

The speed might not have anything to do with the signal at all. For instance, the quality at which you are printing will also affect how quickly you can print. Also, laser printers are usually much faster than inkjet printers. 

If you have checked and accounted for all of these issues and your printer is still too slow, contact a printer repair company to see if it needs to be fixed or upgraded.