Connecting Wirelessly to Printers

Your Choice! Citizen Wireless Printers
Select from 3 connection methods according to the installation environment

Citizen Systems offers wireless LAN and Bluetooth communication printers under its “Wireless Printers” category. We also propose a selection of connection methods to suite the installation environment, including a method to connect to the access point by wired LAN for more stable communication.

Choices for Wireless Connection

Depends on interface board options or factory options

1Via Access Point — Wired LAN Connection

For users who finds the wireless LAN environment unreliable and wish to avoid connection communication problems, we recommend the use of wired LAN connection via access point.

Connecting a printer via access point gives the advantages of easy-to-use wireless LAN and the stability of wired LAN to reduce communication risk.

2Bluetooth Connection

Compared to wireless LAN, Bluetooth is easy to set up and there are fewer problems concerning communication obstacles. Currently, there is an increase in the use of business equipment centering on mobile devices.
See the comparison below of the characteristics and specification between Bluetooth communication and wireless LAN.

Bluetooth Communication and Wireless LAN Standards

  Standard Frequency Band
Bluetooth Ver. 2.0 and above *1 2.4GHz
Wireless LAN IEEE802.11b/g/n *2 2.4GHz

*1 Citizen Systems has several product types depending on the model.
※*2 IEEE 802.11n includes a 5GHz specification

Characteristics of Bluetooth Communication

  • Bluetooth is available on general-use smartphones and tablets
  • Doesn’t require an access point and is easy to set up
  • Resistant to radio interference when compared with wireless LAN
  • Compact size and low power consumption characteristics make it ideal for mobile printer use
  • Range is comparatively shorter than wireless LAN
  • Wireless communication speed is comparatively slower than wireless LAN
Citizen Systems has 3 connection methods to choose from.
Select the one with the characteristics that best suit your needs and acceptable risk level.

3Wireless LAN ConnectionNotes on Setting Up Wireless LAN

POINTIt is important to check the radio wave environment of the area in which the wireless LAN is to be installed

Wireless LAN does not require cable connection, making it convenient and easy to set up. However, frequency band congestion gets more severe every year.

Radio interference comes not only from smartphones, PCs, and other wireless LAN devices, but also from Bluetooth equipment as well as microwave ovens.

There is an increased risk of problems such as reduction of communication speed and breakdown of communication.
In some cases, this can even interfere with a user’s business.

Prior to PurchaseInspect the connection environment and the connection between the printer and access point.

Wireless LAN Standards

Wireless LAN standards are as listed below and each standard generally consists of what is listed in the table below.
Citizen’s wireless LAN (Model No.: IF1-WF12) uses the 5.0GHz band and the 2.4GHz band of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.

Standard Frequency Band Maximum Speed (Theoretical Value)
IEEE802.11a 5GHz 54Mbps
IEEE802.11b 2.4GHz 22Mbps
IEEE802.11g 2.4GHz 54Mbps
IEEE802.11n 2.4/5GHz 600Mbps

Example of Wireless LAN connection

Android device, iOS device

Compatible Models

* To ensure stability when using wireless LAN, connect by way of access point.
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