Wireless printing with a dongle

At this week’s Comdex, Xerox and Compaq demonstrated how customers of the future can bypass networks and beam documents directly from their PC to a printer.

At this week’s Comdex, Xerox and Compaq took the wraps off new technology that demonstrates how future customers can bypass networks and beam documents directly from their PC to a printer.

The demonstration linked a Compaq Armada notebook computer with a Xerox DocuPrint P1210 personal laser printer, using a Bluetooth-enabled PC card that sends radio waves to an antenna used as a ‘dongle,’ attached in the printer’s parallel port.

The ‘dongle’ picks up radio signals and feeds them as print data into the printer. This allows the user to print up to 30 feet away without actually being connected by a cable.

In addition to demonstrating wireless printing, Xerox and Compaq have teamed up to combine customised personal computers from Compaq with new inkjet printers from Xerox in a joint bundling initiative aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.

The move is part of a strategic alliance, announced in June, that includes a focus on the development of new document services and related initiatives. The alliance focuses on enhancing the value of each company’s solutions by integrating Xerox and Compaq hardware and software.

More on the web at www.xerox.com.