Most printer models are coming with wireless printing capabilities, eliminating the need for USB cables. However, it is important to note that wireless printers cause interference with APUWIFI and are not allowed on campus.
Typically, there are two types of wireless printers:
Wireless broadcasting printers are those that broadcast a wireless network in the vicinity of the wireless printer.
Wireless connected printers are those that connect to a wireless network and share on that network.
Wireless broadcasting printers create interference with APUWIFI and may degrade you and your neighbors' wireless network experience. These types of printers are not allowed on campus.
Wireless connected printers don't cause interference problems, but are not officially supported by IMT (See the article "How to register a device on the APU-MYDEVICES network" for more information).
Another cause for concern is that neither method of wireless printers has much security, which means your neighbors could connect to your printer and print without your consent.
IMT recommends that all wireless printers have their wireless capabilities disabled and be used via USB cord. The APU Computer Store sells USB cords for printers.
For information about how to disable wireless capabilities on your printer, see the support article "How to shut off wireless capabilities on wireless printers"
If you would like help identifying your type of printer, or shutting off it's wireless capabilities, please contact the IMT Support Desk at (626) 815-5050.
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