One of the most common questions we tend to receive is whether a Bluetooth or WiFi printer is better. Bluetooth and WiFi printers are different in many ways. These two types of wireless printing solutions have different benefits, so deciding which one is better depends on your needs. This article will help you decide on the best printer for your business. Bluetooth printers are very easy to set up and work with, while WiFi printers have their own set of benefits.
How does a Bluetooth printer work?
Bluetooth label printers are typically the most popular among all types of label printers. They work by using a mobile app downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet. When you print labels with a Bluetooth label printer, your device will connect to the printer via Bluetooth and send the data directly. This means that your device needs to be within 30 feet or so of the printer in order for it to work properly. You can use any device that has Bluetooth connectivity, including Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, and Macs and PCs (Windows or Linux).
How does a wireless printer work?
WiFi printers are also popular among businesses because they allow you to print labels from anywhere in your office or warehouse. The difference between WiFi label printers and Bluetooth label printers is that WiFi printers connect directly to your computer's internet connection instead of using Bluetooth technology. This allows you to send print jobs from anywhere on your network without being within 30 feet of the printer itself. However, there is still some restriction on where you can send print jobs from because many WiFi networks have limited bandwidth (e .g., a business with only one internet connection). So, even though you can send print jobs from anywhere on your network, they may take longer to process than if you were standing next to the printer itself.
Ease of connection
When it comes to ease of connection, Bluetooth printers and wireless printers offer different experiences. A Bluetooth printer typically offers quick and hassle-free connections. Once you pair the printer and your device, future connections happen automatically without much setup. Just turn on Bluetooth, select the printer, and start printing. This simplicity is great for users who want quick and straightforward connections.
On the other hand, wireless printers require a bit more initial setup. You need to connect the printer to a local wireless network by entering the network credentials using the printer's interface. Once the printer is connected to the network, any device on the same network can easily find and connect to it. Although setting up a wireless printer takes a few extra steps compared to Bluetooth, the advantage is that once the setup is done, any device on the network can connect to the printer effortlessly. You won't have to pair devices repeatedly or make manual connections.
Both Bluetooth and WiFi printers are fast enough to print out a label instantly. In fact, it's hard to tell the difference between them even when they're printing labels side by side. For example, the Rollo X1040 Wireless Thermal Label Printer and the MUNBYN ITPP129 Bluetooth label printer both have a maximum print speed of 6 inches per second (IPS). That's fast enough to print out 60 shipping labels per minute. Suppose you need to print faster than that. In that case, you'll have to upgrade your device with better hardware components like more memory or processors that support higher speeds.
The security of Bluetooth printers and wireless printers can have different vulnerabilities. Bluetooth printers are generally secure, but they can be at risk if the Bluetooth connection lacks encryption or authentication. However, unauthorized users would need to be physically close to the printer to interfere or access it.
Wireless printers connected to a local network can also have security risks if not properly protected. Setting up strong security protocols like passwords and encryption for the printer is crucial to prevent unauthorized access. It's also important to ensure the wireless network itself is secure with a strong password, firewall protection, and regular updates to minimize the risk of security breaches.
To enhance the security of both types of printers, keeping them updated with the latest firmware is recommended. Regularly changing default passwords, disabling unused network protocols, and implementing additional security measures can further strengthen their security.
The range of a Bluetooth printer and a wireless printer differs in terms of their reach. A Bluetooth printer typically has a limited range, typically around 30 feet or 10 meters. This means that the device sending the print command needs to be relatively close to the printer for a stable connection. Bluetooth signals can be obstructed by walls or other obstacles, which may further reduce the effective range. Bluetooth printers work well for short distances, like in a small office or for personal use nearby.
On the other hand, wireless printers that connect to a local wireless network have a significantly larger range.The range can vary, but they can cover several hundred feet. The range of a wireless printer can vary depending on factors such as the strength of the wireless signal and the quality of the network infrastructure. This means you can place the printer in different parts of a larger office. With a wireless printer, you can send print jobs from devices anywhere within the network coverage area. You don't have to be physically close to the printer.
Which is better?
When it comes to choosing between a WiFi label printer and a Bluetooth printer, it ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Both options offer distinct advantages, so it's essential to consider what features are most important to you.
The Bluetooth label printer has several advantages over the WiFi label printer:
- Easy setup: Bluetooth connectivity is relatively simple to set up. Once paired with a compatible device, you can start printing labels quickly without requiring a network connection. So if you're in a place with poor reception or no reception, then you'll still be able to print labels without any problems.
- It's more secure. Unlike WiFi printers, which third parties can easily hack, Bluetooth printers are secured with 128-bit encryption technology that makes them difficult to hack into.
- Device compatibility: Bluetooth is a widely supported technology, and most modern devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops come with built-in Bluetooth capabilities. This makes it easy to connect a Bluetooth label printer to various devices.
The wireless label printer has several advantages over the Bluetooth label printer:
- Extended range: Wi-Fi label printers offer a greater range compared to Bluetooth. As long as the printer and the device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can print labels from anywhere within the network's coverage area. This is perfect for businesses that want their employees to be able to print labels.
- Multiple device connectivity: Wi-Fi printers can connect to multiple devices simultaneously. This allows multiple users to access and print labels from different devices without the need for constant pairing and unpairing.
- Network sharing: Wi-Fi label printers can be shared across an entire network. This makes it convenient for a team or office to utilize the same printer, reducing the need for individual printers on each desk.
To decide which printer is better for you, consider factors such as your printing environment, the devices you will be using, and your specific requirements. If you have a fixed workspace with multiple users and require online connectivity, a WiFi label printer might be the best choice. Conversely, Bluetooth is simple to set up and use and is more appropriate for small office spaces with a limited number of users.
Munbyn offers a comprehensive range of options to meet your printing needs. Whether you prefer the convenience of a Bluetooth printer or the extended range of a wireless printer, Munbyn has you covered. Explore Munbyn's diverse selection and choose the printer that best suits your requirements, knowing that you will receive a reliable and efficient solution for all your label printing needs.