SecondMoonshot Warehouse / Framing Shop Photo Tour (and My New Rollo Wireless Thermal Printer)
This week I received a new Rollo Wireless Thermal printer specifically for shipping labels. I decided a review was not necessary since there are enough good ones out there. What I will say is…they are all right! This thing is a game changer in speed, efficiency and quality. Once unboxed, I needed to see if it supported Wi-Fi Direct (it does not) and since my warehouse is really a storage unit with power, the first thing I needed to do was to setup a Wi-Fi network. A few months ago, I picked up an electronics lot at auction which had an Apple AirPort Extreme which turned out to be a recent model, but more importantly IT WORKED (more rare than you might think). I don’t have internet broadband and just use my cell phone for all work in that location, so had to tweak the IP configuration on my iPhone to use the new router but not for internet (this was done by just going to Settings and edit the Wi-Fi connection IP Config to a Manual configuration, leaving the Router field blank and copying the IP address and Subnet Mask from the automatic settings obtained).
Then just followed the normal Rollo setup instructions and all was up and running. Since 99% of my shipping is done in the iOS app on my phone, everything needed to be transparent, and it was. The only one-time change I needed to make was the paper size 4” X 6” and to do that I had to go into eBay in Safari and change it there…that wasn’t too intuitive, as there is no obvious setting and you just have to pick the right paper size when shipping your next order and it automatically saves the setting and it uses it in the app.
I expect savings in significant reductions in inkjet refills and packaging tape. I ordered 2500 fan-fold labels for less than I pay for 2 inkjet refills and these should last me over 18 months. It also looks much more professional. At $279, I ordered directly from Rollo. They had free shipping, include a box of 500 additional labels, and was $20 cheaper than Amazon.
After 2 months of using the printer, it’s as awesome as the first day I got it. I have used with no issue on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and PirateShip directly in their native apps or browser with no use of another app nor any copy / paste.