Sunday, 28 October 2012
Lexmark E-120N laser printer: the start of serious networking
Until this purchase, network tinkering was a hobby thing for me. Crawling under the floorboards to install CAT5 cable was "because I can" and "because I want to tinker" rather than "because I need to."
The attraction of this printer was that it promised high quality and reliability, and didn't require a host computer, because it connected directly to existing 10/100 Ethernet. Yes, it's only mono, but now, 4½ to 5 years later, it is still printing reliably and well. It has had one overhaul due to paper dust issues, and I now only feed it paper that has been laser-cut (as opposed to blade cut). In Australia, Reflex is the most heavily marketed copy/print/office paper, but is not necessarily the best quality!
Starting with this tech toy a home network became an essential part of our tech infrastructure; hitherto, it had been just one more tech toy.