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Linking Printers Over the Net

Techstination feature for Monday, November 17, 2003

Linking printers through the Internet. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. For most people, email is the best solution for sending documents from here to there. It's fast, it's cheap and the quality is much better than faxing. But there are times when file size restrictions... or differences in software or fonts get in the way. A company called Net2Printer ... that's net... the numeral 2... printer... has come up with technology... that allows a sort of peer to peer linking of computers and printers via the Internet. CEO Steven Howell...

"Essentially from any Windows based PC, again with the software only solution, you can essentially send a print job directly to any printer in the world. Effectively the same feature as being able to print on your local printer, you now would be able to have that same capability to any printer in the world. So you can send either pictures or documents. We're also cross compatible, so you can generate these document print jobs or file transfers from any application."

The software is free to try. And the service sells for 50 dollars a year. Howell argues it can save users money...

"This literally replaces the fax. what this does is eliminate all of the local phone line cost. It also eliminates the fax long distance transmission cost."

The software eliminates issues with printer drivers... and there is no charge on the receiving end. Again, email will do most of the time. But when it won't Net2Printer offers an option. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.