The Evolution of the Printer

The printers today can do some very amazing things. Not only do they connect to your network, they can connect without a wire. Moreover, they can even connect to the web. They can print from remote locations, as well as a phone or tablet.

The accessibility is apparent. How did the printer get to this point? Read this article.

In the beginning of computing, printers were necessary since folks were used to having information in printed

Old style dot matrix printer

format. The information was typically put into the computer by a data entry clerk and the output was printed for distribution to those who wanted the information.

Computer monitors were little. Most executives who read the reports or checked out the numbers didn’t have computers on their desks. Also, folks didn’t trust digital files not to disappear into thin air (when the system crashed). Therefore, folks felt more comfortable with a hard copy.

Today, many individuals have made a real effort to be eco-green, conserving paper and printing only when completely necessary.  In some businesses, written content is crafted, edited and revised all on the computer screen and then put on the internet to share with others.

Nonetheless, most businesses still create plenty of printed material, such as budgets, reports, printouts of PowerPoint presentations.

Early printers linked precisely to a single computer, typically with a parallel port. Then USB came along, which made it simpler to join a printer to a computer. Then there were network printers.

This was the true turning point when printers were built to be more than just printers. They are computers too with their own ethernet interfaces and IP addresses. Sadly, they can even get viruses.

Today’s printers are the all-in-one machines that combine scanning, copying, faxing, and printing. With network printers, you don’t need a print server.