Most new printers can connect to a small network via wireless or an ethernet connection. If you have an older USB printer that you love, convert it to wireless printer and make life that much easier.

There are a couple of reasons why wireless printers are useful. For client meetings, you can setup a printer in your conference room. If you need to print out a retainer, directions, reference materials, etc., you can print them out right in front of the client without having to get up, plug in your computer, and print things out. It also eliminates the need to run back to your office just to print something out.

If you ever engage in mediations, depositions, or settlement conferences at your office, wireless printers can be your friend. No need to have opposing counsel come into your office and plug into your printer. Wireless printers can also eliminate the need to email documents just so you can print them from a certain computer. Everything in today’s world is wireless, and your printer should be no exception.

(photo: Adventures in Librarianship)


  1. Andrew Shear says:

    In my home office I have a desktop and laptop. My printer is plugged into the USB port of the desktop. Windows then allows me to share the printer over my home network so I can print from my laptop. This allows me to have a “wireless printer” without buying any additional equipment.

  2. Sam Glover Sam Glover says:

    My wife and I bought an inexpensive NetGear print server a few years ago and connected it to the HP printer upstairs. Much better than walking upstairs to plug in the laptop every time we want to print!

  3. Chris Wheaton says:

    I’m not one to agree with Sam but I also have that print server and it works like a charm.

  4. jessica says:

    Andrew- I have a similar situation but never got around to setting up the home network. Is it relatively easy to do?

  5. SOHO Employee says:

    I recently faced this problem and found that it was better just to buy a new wireless printer for $150. The new printer had more capabilities (including duplex) and ink was cheaper. Unless you’ve got an expensive printer that you can;t replace inexpensively, I can;t see any reason to throw more money at an old printer.

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