A plus 220-1001 – Exam Objective 3.10

A+ Exam Objective 3.10

3.10 Given a scenario, configure SOHO multifunction devices/printers and settings.

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Welcome to Exam Notes by CertBlaster! In this article, we will cover Core 1 objective 3.10 Given a scenario, configure SOHO multifunction devices/printers and settings.


Let’s start by looking at a multifunction printer. In the image below, we have a network connected device that is capable of printing on both sides of the paper, known as duplexing, through the use of an adapter on the printer. This can save quite a bit of paper. Duplexing is accomplished by printing the odd pages first, reorienting the paper, feeding it back into the printer, and then printing the even pages.

Duplex setting in Windows

Collating and Orientation

Another printer feature is collating. Collating is where the printed pages are arranged in a pre-determined order.

There are two types of orientations used in printers. The first is portrait mode where the output reads from top to bottom as a regular letter. The second mode is landscape mode in which the page is printed with its long side facing the top. This is good for materials that are wider than they are high.

Portrait Printing Layout

Print Quality

You can also adjust the quality of the printer output by choosing the paper type and size/quality. For example, change paper type to Photo paper if you are printing pictures.

Print quality settings

Printer Sharing

Printer device sharing is very dependent on how it is set up.

Wired printers are best for office use as the Ethernet connections to other PCs are consistent. Start by connecting a workstation printer and sharing it. The printer can be connected to the workstation using USB, a legacy serial port, or through wireless. Once installed, the printer can be shared by the workstation through a number of ways. For example, an ad-hoc share where a one-to-one connection involving just two PCs and one printer can be used. A Bluetooth connection is an example of this type.

Wireless printers open up a multitude of options. Wireless printers contain their own integrated print servers and do not require connection to a workstation. Devices can print directly to the printer through wireless and as a result, these printers can be optimally placed in the workspace. Workstations can connect directly to the printer using 802.11(a,b,g,n,ac) or Bluetooth. If the printer is configured properly, it is capable of remote printing or cloud printing, making it possible to instantly deliver a hard copy of a document directly to the device from practically anywhere.

Sharing and Security

Remember to think about security when planning this configuration! Just putting a printer on the Internet exposes it to attacks. Securely configure the device with user authentication because otherwise, anyone can access the data being sent.

Hard drive caching

Expect not to have any semblance of privacy unless you are encrypting your transmissions. Also remember that unless configured differently, the print job is spooled or stored on a hard drive until the printer is ready. This method is known as hard drive caching. Users who will be using the device remotely should be properly authenticated.

In the case of a classroom or learning institution, a public share may be acceptable. This would not be the case for a bank. Also, remember that the printer will have its own interface that can be used to access the features and functions of the device. It is important to be aware of the Operating System settings for the device which can override the printer’s applet. Check both to be sure.

OS Properties

Printer applet


So how does one connect to a wireless printer? The material here will apply to either Apple or Microsoft software.

The most common way to connect to a freestanding wireless printer is through its IP address (TCP/IP). You can do this the hard way by manually installing the printer or in the case of Apple or Apple compatible products, the Bonjour service which will quickly find the device for you. An easy way is to use AirPrint, a driverless program that can work from your smartphone and will simply print it for you. Any combination of these will get you going. In all cases, TCP will be the underlying carrier.

That’s all for objective 3.10. Good luck on the test!

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