What is a network and standalone printer
Stand-alone label printer
Updated on 23 September 2020 · Published on May 02, 2013
A "stand-alone" label printing solution is, as you can already see from the name, a solution that works without additional software or hardware and almost without additional devices (such as a computer or laptop). In most cases, however, a peripheral device such as a keyboard or a scanner is required for control. In relation to our label printer, this means that it is independent of location and PC.
A stand-alone label printer has far more advantages, however, the label printer can also be used efficiently without a PC connection and network environment. Depending on the label printer, not even a wired power supply is required.
Such a solution is not only efficient but can also save costs, as there is no need to set up a label printing workstation, for example. However, the main advantage is that the labels can be printed where they are needed, even when there is no power or network connection available. Stand-alone label printers are easy to use and ready for immediate use.
The advantages at a glance
- Label printing without a PC, network or power connection
- High flexibility thanks to absolute mobility: simply print the labels where they are needed.
- Easy to use and ready to use right out of the box
How does stand-alone label printing work?
Many printers can be used as stand-alone solutions and the principle behind stand-alone label printing is simple. A program is written by a developer that can be used by the label printer. This program can be stored on a USB stick, a memory card or on the internal memory of the printer or connected to the label printer.
The label layout can be designed by the user using label design software such as NiceLabel or Seagull BarTender. The finished label is then stored on a USB stick or the internal printer memory. The label can now be selected via the display of the label printer, filled with variable data if necessary, and printing can be started.
The storage media at a glance
Depending on the label printer model, the corresponding software and label layouts can be stored in the internal printer memory. Of course, this method also has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage of an internal printer memory is that new labels first have to be uploaded to the printer, for which a PC must always be available. So if the label layouts change regularly this is not a viable solution. However, the internal printer memory is a good solution if you rarely change the label layout.
USB stick or SD memory card
The label layouts can also be easily saved on a USB stick or an external memory card. The advantage here is that the label layouts can be changed quickly and easily on the PC if necessary and then simply plugged back into the label printer. But a much more important factor is the fact that you are not dependent on a single label printer. If the label printer should be defective, the memory card or USB stick can simply be used in a replacement label printer.
Stand-alone label printer
It is possible to print fixed data (such as graphics) from almost every label printer, if these are stored on the printer or the memory card. Variable data such as fonts, barcodes etc. must be supported by the printer itself in order to be able to be printed.
Some label printers, such as the cab Mach4, are even offered with a rechargeable battery, so there is no need to be close to a power outlet to print labels. The battery of the cab Mach4 label printer lasts at least one working day.
The cab label printers are particularly suitable for stand-alone solutions. The cab label printer can be configured very easily to print labels from a memory card or a USB stick. The programming of the individual cab label printers is easier compared to other devices. You can also use the same storage medium in other cab models. It should be noted, however, that label printers may print with different print resolutions (dpi) and that the output of the label layout may change. For example, if you print an image that was intended for 300dpi printing on a label printer with a resolution of 600dpi, it will suddenly be output much smaller. This is due to the fact that more than twice as many pixels are distributed on the same area.
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