I do not like printers that much, they always seem to run out of ink, have paper problems or do not function properly when needed the most.
Setting up a printer in a local area network can be a frustrating experience as well but this could be - thanks to Printer Anywhere - a thing of the past. Printer Anywhere makes it easy to send a print job to another computer that is also running Printer Anywhere.
The benefit here is that the software uses the Internet to send it to the other computer which means that no cable or wireless connection to the computer are needed to get the job done.
Another benefit is that you can print papers in a different office, city or even country using Printer Anywhere which may be interesting for companies who have offices in different cities and countries.
Your local printers (yes even network printers) will be shown in the application and you can select if you want to share them. It is also possible to encrypt the print job before sending it over the Internet to make sure that on one else can read the document along the way.
A new printer called Printer Anywhere will be added during installation and you can choose all active printers that are connected using the Printer Anywhere software for a print job if you choose to print on that new printer.
If the remote printer is not available right now the print job will land in a queue. Once the printer goes back online the user at the other end has the option to print on the printer it has been sent to or on another printer of the network.
Update: The Printer Anywhere website is no longer available. It seems as if the program's name was changed to PrinterShare instead. The new website of the project offers downloads for Windows, Apple Macintosh and mobile devices.
The software's functionality appears to have remained largely the same. It is still required to run clients on both PCs to send print jobs from one to the other over the Internet.
Businesses can sign up for dedicated or local hosting solutions or subscriptions, which are required if PrinterShare needs to be used by five users or more.
There is a mobile application available for Android and one for iPhone and iPad devices that you can install as well to manage print jobs while on the go.Advertisement
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