The HP Jetdirect 380x 802.11b wireless external print server is designed to help small workgroups share a broad range of network-capable HP printers and multifunction peripherals across 802.11b wireless networks. It integrates with Microsoft, Apple, Novell Netware, Unix, Linux, OS/2 and LANtastic environments. The management software, web Jetadmin, allows users to see only HP peripherals on the network. It comes with data transfer rates of 11, 5.5, 2 and 1Mbps. Its big brother, the Jetdirect 680n, lets businesses share HP peripherals with EIO slots in wireless 802.11b network environments. Supported network protocols include TCP/IP (IP Direct Mode, LPD, FTP, IPP) IPX/SPX, DLC/LLC and AppleTalk. The Jetdirect 380x retails for $769 and the 680n retails for $1049 (inc GST).
Hewlett-Packard - 13 1347.
Canon has two wireless printing models that rely on infrared technology, the BJC-55 and BJC-85. The BJC-55 prints up to 5.5ppm on high speed as a standard, however this does require the optional Automatic Sheet Feeder. Manual paper feed is possible. The unit accepts A4, B5, A5, envelopes, glossy photo papers, transparencies and fabric sheet. Maximum resolution is 720 x 360dpi in colour and black-and-white. Maximum ink cartridge life is up to 270 pages in black draft mode and up to 160 pages in colour. It supports Windows and Mac. The BJC-55 retails for $649.
The BJC-85 is a serial Bubble Jet with both automatic and manual feed. It prints up to 5ppm in black and white and 2ppm in colour at a maximum resolution of 720 x 360dpi. It has a 25KB buffer and IEEE 1284 Compatible Parallel Interface/USB Interface/Win IrDA Ver 1.1 interface. USB operation can only be guaranteed on a PC with pre-installed Windows 98 or Mac OS 8.1 or later. The BJC-85 retails for $429.
Canon - (02) 9805 2000.
Tally's T8006 is a network colour laser printer that adds impact to sales presentations, financial reports and everyday business documents with quality affordable colour. The unit is not sold as a wireless printer, however it can connect to a wireless system with additional hardware. It has a print speed of 24ppm mono and 6ppm colour at a max resolution of 2400dpi. It is office optimised for Windows and Mac environments and comes with a 12-month onsite warranty. It retails for $2997 (inc GST).
Wholesale Printer Technologies (distributor) - Sydney (02) 9949 6911, Melbourne (03) 9533 2122.