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Even highly technical people suck at technology sometimes.

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My wireless printer had always sucked in terms of reliability. It would always either require a direct USB connection or I'd have to remove it and re-add it as a printer each time I used it. I hated the thing and often thought about replacing it.

Guess that's what you get when it's running on firmware from 2012.

Updated the firmware to the latest one (from mid-2018), and suddenly it's working just fine.
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Post by dv »

I've had similar experiences with firmware updates. Usually they don't matter and you start to forget about them, but then, "wham!".

I had a couple on my router that made major changes to the UI and added features that hadn't been there before. Pretty neat.
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Post by juice »

I had a similar issue with my router.

I hate my wireless printer. Maybe I should look up how to update the firmware?
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Post by Betonhaus »

To be fair, it gets pretty drilled into our heads to not futz with router firmware unless there's a problem

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I should mention that I just updated the firmware on my ISP provided router because I have been having annoying dropouts occasionally. So far the sky hasn't fallen.
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I have a Brother MFC-J5930DW printer on our WiFi network. It's one of those small home-office printers, and it has been fantastically reliable, despite not getting the greatest signal (it's on the other side of the house).

Since I rarely print compared to my wife and daughter, I generally only remember it's around when it runs low on something. The rest of the family works it like a bad laxative and the thing still runs like a champ.
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I just hook mine up to the USB on my wifi router.
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My wifi router is hooked up behind my television. There's no room for my printer near my television. It's hooked up in an opposite corner, and I can't run a cable to that corner, because the patio door is between the location of the router(the TV stand) and the table the printer is on.
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My current Epson printer drops off the network regularly. And its up to date on software.
My personal worst was 20 years ago when the CD driver included with my new printer out of the box was 30 revisions out of date. That's back when checking the company website for software updates was a new idea.
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my canon is accessed wirelessly from 4 phones and 4 computers.
zero probs.
motorola cable modem/router.

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I hate printers with a flaming passion. I have not owned one since my old Apple Laser died on me maybe 15 years ago.
Fortunately I rarely have to produce a printed document and when I do I sneaker net the file over to a print shop and have them output it for me on a nice stock.
A resume looks nicer on a bright white, water marked, cotton content bond output from a pro grade laser printer..
Inkjets are gross.
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and by the time that high quality resume makes it to the desk of the recruiter, someone else is hired.
haven't seen printed resume in years with the exception of what HR fires off the crappy laser jet and sends over to you. Even then they usually just email that human waste.

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macnuke wrote: and by the time that high quality resume makes it to the desk of the recruiter, someone else is hired.
haven't seen printed resume in years with the exception of what HR fires off the crappy laser jet and sends over to you. Even then they usually just email that human waste.

I live in the small business world where printed resumes, often followed by an immediate interview with the owner is still a thing. Particularly in the print biz presenting a nicely formatted, attractive resume is an aspect of how you are evaluated.
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I can understand in the print world.
it is a lofty niche tho.

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macnuke wrote: I can understand in the print world.
it is a lofty niche tho.

Ya, probably one of the only industries where your choice of paper will be noticed.
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Every job I’ve ever had was the result of knowing somebody. THe paperwork was a formality.
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I'm surrounded by printers. My most reliable and favourite is an Epson LX-300 dot matrix and a Commodore 6400 daisy wheel. They have been in use almost everyday for more than 20 years.

I think creating a resume for a a job at a design house may be the most stressful.
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