Personal Printer in your room? Please read this!

Many desktop printers come with built-in wifi that allows you to connect your devices and send print jobs wirelessly. What you may not know is that these printers can and will cause you and your neighbors trouble when you are trying to connect to the Internet in the residence halls!


What should you do?

If you own one of these printers, turn off the wifi! There’s usually a button that enables or disables the wifi right on the front panel. Same goes if you have a router or are using your phone as an Internet “hot spot.” Turn it off!


You might also take a look at the available wifi networks on your laptop or smartphone. If you see a network other than “Malone” or “Malone-Guest” then it is most definitely slowing down yours or someone else’s Internet connection in your area. Encourage your friends to turn off the interfering device!


How does it work?

All wifi connections are transmitted in a certain frequency range. There are a limited number of these ranges available. Because you are in a big building full of wireless users (you and your fellow students), Malone uses ALL of the frequency to provide you the best possible Internet connections when you use your laptops, desktops, and smart devices. When a device, like a wireless printer, is added to this mix and sets itself up as a separate wifi network, it “steps on” the same frequencies that we are using to provide connectivity to the Internet.


Think about a guy sitting at a stop light texting on his phone. The light is green but he doesn’t see it, so everyone behind him has to wait. Maybe you have enough room to pull around him but it takes you longer to get through the intersection because he is blocking you. That is what your printer is doing to your and your peers’ Internet connection when you have a wifi printer’s wifi turned on!



Thank you for helping us to provide you with the best possible Internet browsing experience on campus. Let us know if you have questions or issues with what we’ve written above!



Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have any questions or issues. We can be reached via email at , via the web at or by phone at 330.471.8428.

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