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Review of the Deli D311NW inkjet MFP in A4 format with an attractive price and replaceable high-capacity “ink tanks”

21.11.2023 09:55

Characteristics, equipment, consumables

As usual, we start with a list of declared parameters (the information on the manufacturer’s website and in the instructions available for download differ slightly in some details):

Deli D311
Printing technologyinkjet system with replaceable high-capacity ink tanks, 4 colors
Functionscolor and monochrome: printing, scanning, copying
Memory128 MB
CPU360 MHz
Screen2.4″, LCD, color
InterfacesHigh-speed USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Supported Operating SystemsWindows XP(SP3)/Vista/7/8.1/10, Windows Server 2003 SP2 and higher
Working with removable mediaNo
Working with mobile devicesNo *
Dimensions (width × depth × height)500×290×150 mm
Net weight5.5 kg
Recommended monthly print volume (A4)1000 (the website also mentions “Printing load per month, A4: 1500”)
Power Options220-240 V, 50 Hz, 1 A
Power consumption:
standby mode
, working mode

≤ 0.2 W
≤ 3.1 W
Noise level during printing57 dB
Operating temperature, humidity5–35 °C (recommended 16–32 °C); 20%—80% (no condensation)
Life timen/a
Description on the manufacturer's websitewww.deliprinter.com
Working with materials
Paper Feed Capacity120 sheets (70 gsm)
Output capacity50 sheets (70 gsm)
Additional trays (optional)No
Automatic duplex printingNo
Media Densitypaper (including for photo printing): 65–300 g/m²
Print media formatsno more than A4/Letter
Media TypesPlain paper, photo paper, inkjet paper, envelopes
Seal
Print speed A4, standard modemonochrome: up to 8.5 ppm,
color: up to 4 ppm
Print speed A4, draft modemonochrome: up to 15 ppm,
color: up to 10 ppm
First page print timemonochrome: less than 20 s,
color: less than 40 s
Print Resolution1200×600 dpi
Copy
A4 copy speedmonochrome: up to 6.5 ppm,
color: up to 2 ppm
Copy permission600x600 dpi
First copy release timemonochrome: less than 18 sec.,
color: less than 60 sec.
Duplication of copiesup to 99
Scaling25%—400%
Scanning
Scanner typetablet, CIS
Scan area216×297 mm
Automatic Document FeederNo
A4 scanning speedn/a
Scan ResolutionMax. 1200×1200 dpi,
24-bit color depth
Saving FormatJPG, PNG, BMP, PDF, TIF

* According to information from the company’s representative office, a mobile application for printing from iOS and Android devices will appear in early 2024.

The set includes:

  • power cable
  • USB cable
  • set of consumables
  • printed manuals, warranty card

Consumables available:

  • containers with ink (Ink Tank), designation Deli 311F with the addition of a letter for the color: K for Black, C for Cyan, M for Magenta and Y for Yellow; the resource indicated in the Russian-language section is 8 thousand prints each, and the capacity indicated on the containers themselves is different: for 311FK — 200 ml, for color — 100 ml; These are supplied as a set and are offered at retail
  • print heads — black (designation XJ-3110B) for 20 thousand pages and color CMY (XJ-3110C) for 10 thousand pages

There is no official information about the type of ink; according to unofficial information, both black and colored ones are pigmented.

The English section of the site indicates different resources of ink containers for the Deli D311NW MFP. The starter kit includes ink to print about 4 thousand black and white pages and about 8 thousand color pages with 80 ml containers. For retail delivery, containers for 5 thousand black and white pages and 10 thousand color pages with a capacity of 100 ml are provided.

The instructions provide for the replacement of print heads, which is performed by the owner of the device. For example, the color head will have to be changed after the ink supply from the kit expires, which, remember, is 10 thousand prints. However, the print heads can become a problem, since there were no spare heads available in Russian retail at the time of writing this review. The manufacturer does not promise a hard stop of printing after the service life of the heads is exhausted, but print quality may deteriorate.

Inkjet printers use an absorber to collect excess ink during the printing process or head cleaning. There is no information about the absorber in the instructions for the Deli D311NW, and replacing this part probably requires contacting an authorized service center.

The device has no additional options or functions.

The MFP is supplied in a box made of high-quality cardboard, which has slots on the sides for gripping with hands when carrying.

The MFP is supplied in a box made of high-quality cardboard, which has slots on the sides for gripping with hands when carrying.

Appearance, design features

Externally, the device looks like a low block with strongly rounded vertical edges and noticeable bevels at the lower edge. The body is milky white, the scanner cover and control panel are black. All these surfaces are matte, handprints will be less noticeable on them, but dust from the black top will have to be removed more often.

The feed tray is located at the back; its cover consists of two segments that extend upward and tilt at an angle of about 20-25 degrees from the vertical; This configuration is quite standard for similar inkjet printers. It is designed for 120 sheets with a density of 70 g/m², that is, slightly less than the office paper commonly used in our country, which can hold about a hundred sheets, and this is also common in many devices of this class that we have visited.

There are limiters for the width of the paper stack and an additional cover made of translucent plastic that covers part of the opening for feeding media.

The receiving tray is also quite ordinary: folding, with a retractable extension, located on the front plane of the case.

There are no side or front limiters, the capacity is 50 sheets (also at 70 g/m²), that is, when printing large quantities between additions of paper, you will have to remove prints at least twice.

This arrangement of trays reduces sheet bending in the feed path and allows the use of high-density media, including inkjet photo paper up to 300 g/m².

The scanner is located standard for such MFPs: longitudinally in the upper part. There is no automatic feeder — after all, the model is inexpensive; there is only a regular lid, which, when closed, does not protrude from the height dimensions of the case. You need to open it by moving it backwards and all the way, at an angle of just over 90°, hooking it with your finger on the left, where there is a narrow groove (this is not very convenient when the operator sits to the right of the device: he will have to reach out, because he can grab the the cover is very difficult). There is no provision for fixation in intermediate positions; it is also impossible to lift the back of the cover when copying bulky originals, books or bound documents in order to reduce flare at the edges.

The height of the MFP with the scanner cover open is 41 cm.

There is no duplex (automatic two-sided printing device) in the device, and this is also a characteristic feature of inexpensive inkjet printers.

On the right side of the rear wall there are USB type B (female) and Ethernet interface connectors, on the left there is a socket for the power cord; the connected cables will require some distance behind the device; you cannot place it close to the wall. There is no mechanical power switch.

Typically, the entire upper part of the MFP tilts up, providing access to components and mechanisms, but this is not the case in this model; you can only open the part of the top panel located to the right of the scanner, on which the LCD display and controls are located. Under this cover there is a parking space for the carriage with print heads and “ink tanks”.

It is possible to examine the mechanisms and ink supply tubes through the exit opening; you just need to fold down the MFP receiving tray. An absorber can also be found in the lower left corner; for a more detailed examination, it is recommended to use a flashlight.

The device's charging system is truly unique. It resembles similar mechanisms that we saw in Epson's WorkForce Pro series MFPs, but here the containers have a different look — they are not soft bags. Typically, continuous ink supply systems (CISS) for inkjet printers and MFPs use containers built into the device body or placed by an external unit. These containers can be filled with ink from the bottles supplied with the machine or from bottles purchased separately. Ink level control is usually carried out visually through windows in the device body (or in the external unit) and through the translucent plastic of the containers. Approximate usage estimates are sometimes available based on the number of prints with estimated remaining remaining, while hardware and software tracking of actual ink levels is less commonly used due to the added cost.

The Deli D311NW MFP attracts attention with its solid body without typical windows and the absence of an external unit with containers. After unpacking the machine, you will find the ink containers installed (with the plugs facing up) under the indicated cover. Each ink container has a separate compartment with a mark identifying the color. There is an anti-misplacement system based on individual tabs and grooves on the container and corresponding compartment, which prevents the possibility of color confusion.

At the bottom of each compartment you can see an ink level sensor, that is, this is exactly the case when control is carried out by hardware. During testing, we will see how successful the software support for this process is.

When refilling, unscrew the cap from the container, turn it upside down (the ink will not spill out — checked, but the instructions don’t say about removing the container before the ink runs out, we didn’t dare try) and insert it all the way into the compartment. But before that, you need to unpack and install the print heads into the carriage; the procedure is described in the manual and is not difficult.

Thus, the process of refilling ink involves removing empty containers and replacing them with new ones, rather than refilling ink. It is difficult to judge in advance how much more convenient or less convenient such a solution will be than using standard ink bottles — only practice over a long period of time will show this. It is also unclear whether the containers will be completely empty by the time printing stops with a warning to replace one of them, since testing to print about 8 thousand pages in the allotted time is impossible.

Additionally, it is not clear whether printing will be interrupted or continue without one of the colors (C, M, Y) if the container is empty. Information about such cases is not provided in the available materials.

After installing the heads and containers, the device is connected to AC power and turned on by the button located closer to the front edge. The LCD screen begins the initialization process and after approximately 50 seconds, you are prompted to select a language (English or Chinese). The system then prompts you to install the heads and containers, if not already done, and click OK, after which initialization continues for approximately 40 seconds.

Upon completion of this stage, it is necessary to align the heads vertically and horizontally. To do this, there must be paper in the input tray. The process involves printing sets of numbered samples, each of which requires the selection of the best option. The process is controlled using the up/down arrow buttons and the «OK» button. This process can be canceled by clicking the back button with the curved arrow.

And all of the above processes took us about an hour and a half, including time to describe the procedures in detail for review.

There is a blue lever above the carriage, pressing which blocks its movement, which is recommended when transporting the MFP. To continue working, you must return the lever to its original position. If you forget, no need to worry: after turning on the device, a corresponding notification will appear on the screen. But even with the lever lowered, the machine should be moved in a horizontal position, without tilting more than 15° and without swinging, in order to prevent possible ink leaks.

Below are images of the MFP from the sides, top and bottom:

Control Panel

The control panel of this device includes a 2.4-inch (approximately 6 cm) color LCD screen and five buttons. It is placed horizontally, which makes it easy to work both in a standing and sitting position next to the device.

The screen is graphic, has a fairly good resolution (although, of course, not comparable to modern expensive smartphones), acceptable viewing angles, brightness and contrast for comfortable work. However, for the English language, the chosen font may not be the most successful: the monospace character style may negatively affect the readability of the text. In addition, many of the inscriptions on the screen may be too small (however, this is a subjective assessment of the author, since people with better vision may have a different opinion).

The buttons on the control panel are indicated only by symbols and are not outlined. They are not touch sensitive — they require pressing rather than touching to activate them. The sensitivity of the buttons is at a normal level, and during testing we did not have any complaints about this. Perhaps the pressing force could be less, and the sound when pressing could be quieter. However, only one button — “Switch/Copy” — is backlit (it also turns the device on and off), while the color (green, yellow, red) and mode (constant, flashing) display the status of the MFP, which is described in detail in the instructions. The remaining buttons have characters that are barely visible and are not backlit, making operation in low-light conditions much more difficult.

The functions of the buttons are well described in the instructions, and, as a rule, it is not difficult to understand their purpose. Let's take a closer look at the menu structure and the settings available in it. For now, we will describe the general structure of the menu, and we will consider the details related to specific modes in the corresponding sections of the review. However, it is worth noting that in some details of the review we noticed differences from those described in the manual.

To access the menu, you must press the “Back” button in copy mode, which is activated after turning on the MFP. The following items are available: Copy, System Settings, Ticket Copy, Print Report and Network Settings.

Copy is an entry (or return) to the general copying mode. Ticket Copy contains two sub-items: ID Card Copy (copying onto one sheet of small originals with two sides or two spreads) and Invoice Copy (the instructions explain: used for copying standard invoices, it does not specify which standards are meant, there is only a mention of “the best quality photocopy”).

System Settings are as follows:

Paper Check (On, Off) — the instructions do not explain what kind of paper check is meant; in fact, with “On”, a warning will be issued when the paper runs out, and after installing at least one sheet into the input tray, a confirmation request for format and type will follow; It is very reasonable that the user is given such a choice: most often they constantly use A4 office paper, then requests with each addition will only be annoying.

Paper Type—Four media options: plain paper, inkjet paper, photo paper, and envelopes.

Paper Size—media size (no more than A4/Letter), contents vary depending on the Paper Type setting.

Sleep Time — time of inactivity before entering sleep mode, from 1 to 240 minutes (the Switch/Copy indicator blinks rarely; the device comes into readiness from “sleep” noticeably faster than from the off state, and after pressing any button).

Power Saving Mode — time before the MFP automatically turns off, from 5 minutes to 8 hours or Off. By default, it is set to Off, that is, without auto-shutdown — the instructions recommend keeping the device constantly on (fortunately, consumption in idle or sleep modes is insignificant), explaining this with the unfortunate phrase “to regularly check the condition of the print head” (probably means periodically turning on the self-cleaning cycle to avoid ink drying in the nozzles, although this is not directly stated, during testing something similar happened, but very rarely: the printer performed some actions for half a minute that sounded similar to initialization when turned on).

Start Airprint (On, Off) — obviously, AirPrint wireless printing technology for Apple devices is enabled or disabled, although its support is not mentioned in the specification.

Clean Mode — launching the head cleaning procedure, a sheet of paper is required: a page with samples will be printed, based on the presence/absence of broken lines on which you can either start repeated cleaning or exit this mode; duration (including printing of samples) no more than a minute.

Replace Supplies — replacement of consumables, separately for ink tanks and heads; We didn't try.

Alignment — procedures for vertical and horizontal alignment of print heads that are already familiar to us.

Language Settings — as stated above, currently the choice is between English and Chinese, but the company’s representative office told us that the release of firmware with support for the Russian language is expected no later than May 2023 (perhaps this will happen by the time the review is published).

Factory Reset — return to factory settings.

There is no display of ink levels and head hours in the menu, but at the top of the copy screen there are four scales in the form of multi-colored stripes that allow you to evaluate the remaining ink of each color. Looking ahead, let's say that the same strips are also in the proprietary utility, but during testing their appearance did not change — obviously, the volumes of ink consumed were too small.

Print Report allows you to print a page with fairly detailed information, including usage statistics (number of prints and scans), an exact indication of the amount of ink as a percentage, as well as some “Theoretical printed page (K/C/M/Y)”, which may differ significantly from the “Printed Page” readings. About the print heads only “Installed” is said, without specifying the remaining resource.

Here you can also view the parameters of the Wireless Direct wireless connection and the firmware version.

Autonomous operation (copying)

The only function available without connecting to a computer or using a network is copying.

At the same time, a lot of information is displayed on the screen: in addition to the number of copies (set by up and down arrows from 1 to 99), there are indications of the selected original type (or copy quality), paper size and image density.

Copy mode settings are available by clicking “OK”, including:

  • Color: color or monochrome copying
  • Quality: original type — text or image
  • Size Adjust: scaling — fixed values like “A4 to A5” or “A4 to Letter” (it would be good to explain to the translator of the instructions that “Letter” in this case does not mean “Letter”) or manual selection from 25 to 400 percent
  • Perpages — placement of reduced copies of two or four documents on one sheet (the Size Adjust settings are ignored) with Portrait/Landscape orientation options
  • Density — density, normal and two gradations of decrease and increase
  • Clean Copy Setup — reset copy settings with options: all once or always after an interval of 55 seconds — only the number of copies or all

Copying is started by briefly pressing “Switch/Copy”; you can cancel it with the “Back” button.

Switching to the Ticket Copy copy mode is carried out through the general menu by pressing the “Back” button and selecting the appropriate item and sub-item — ID Card Copy or Invoice Copy. You can also access ID Card Copy by pressing the “Back” button from the copy screen for three seconds.

Working with ID cards is not only quite familiar on many other devices, but is also accompanied by prompts on the screen: we place the first side (or spread) of the document on the glass, after pressing “Switch/Copy” it is scanned and a request for the second side (spread) appears, By pressing “Switch/Copy” a second scan occurs and both images are printed on one side of the sheet.

For Invoice Copy, after scanning, printing occurs immediately without any intermediate request-actions.

Connecting the MFP

The work was carried out using Windows 10 (remember: Windows 11 is not mentioned in the list of supported OSes, although it is unlikely that there will be any problems with it).

There are no media with drivers included, we downloaded version 1.2.8 from the official website.

Local connection

As usual, we first begin installing the drivers, and only when prompted by the installation program do we connect the MFP and computer with a USB cable.

First, the Deli Ink Print Assistant utility is installed (this icon appears on the desktop), then you are asked to select the connection type, connect the cable when prompted, and wait a bit.

There will be no message about successful installation, so we focus on the “Devices and Printers” snap-in: when Deli 311NW appears in it, click “Finish”.

We also see the scanning driver, but only one — WIA (USB).

Print Driver Settings

The driver interface is Russified and contains three bookmarks.

The first one sets the basic parameters: orientation, order of display of pages of multi-page documents.

You can set the printing of booklets or placing from 2 to 16 pages on one print, there is even a field for setting duplex printing, although the MFP does not have duplex — you will have to turn the sheets manually.

But the quantity is not set here; this and some other parameters (including media format) are available by clicking the “Advanced” button.

The second tab, although it is called “Paper and Print Quality”, directly on it only talks about media and color mode:

The “Paper Source” field is clearly superfluous — there is only one tray for feeding, and it’s definitely not a cassette.

Print quality settings appear in the third tab:

There are three quality gradations here plus the “Optimize image quality” field, which the instructions recommend using when printing on plain paper or envelopes with standard or draft quality. Judging by indirect signs, it seems that bidirectional printing is disabled, and accordingly the speed drops (this is really true, and always), but the transmission of vertical lines may improve (and this is not always noticeable and not in all images), but in case of such problems it is still better start with calibration. When setting the best quality, bidirectional printing is already disabled (again, for indirect reasons), that is, enabling optimization does not make sense.

There is a button that would be more logical to see on the second tab — “Custom paper”, it will allow you to set a custom media size up to A4, giving it a clear name, and it will appear in the list of available formats.

Some settings are mutually exclusive—for example, draft quality cannot be set for photo paper or inkjet paper.

Scan driver settings

After installing the software, the WIA driver is available. Its interface is standard, it allows you to select a color mode (color, grayscale, black and white), as well as a resolution in seven steps from 75 to 1200 dpi. A preview is possible, in the window of which you can manually change the scanning area.

There are also tools for adjusting brightness and contrast.

Deli Printer Assistant utility

The utility, installed along with the drivers, will allow you to remotely monitor some aspects of the MFP’s status, including assessing the amount of ink remaining, as well as perform scanning. Unlike a similar utility for laser printers, its interface is already Russified.

Let's start with the buttons in the bottom row of the window. The very first is an analogue of the Windows Devices and Printers snap-in and allows you to view installed devices, add new ones and remove those that have become unnecessary.

“Settings” are the settings of the utility itself: language and autorun when the OS starts, then notifications about various events will be issued. There is also management of requests for firmware, driver and utility updates.

“Print”—calls the standard snap-in for viewing the print queue.

«Maintenance» contains six functions:

  • “Print settings” — the print settings in the driver that are already familiar to us
  • “Power saving mode” is the same as Sleep Time and Power Saving Mode in the device menu
  • “Calibration” — the difference with the procedure carried out from the MFP menu is only that sets of samples are immediately printed for vertical and horizontal alignment of the heads (two sheets of paper are required) and the selection of the best is carried out from the utility, and not from the control panel
  • “Firmware update” – internet connection required
  • “Cleaning mode” — the same as Clean Mode in the menu
  • “Device information” — some information about the device, including the current IP address with the ability to change it in some cases

The “Order” and “Support” buttons take you to the manufacturer’s official website.

The most useful button is the “Scan” button, which, in the absence of any graphics applications, will allow you to scan documents and images, saving them as files.

The possibilities are as follows: in this case, the only source is glass, mode (color or grayscale called “B&W image”), resolution – 300, 600 or 1200 dpi; Preview is possible, but without manually changing the scanning area — it can only be changed in the “Scanning area” field by selecting the format.

Then follows the editing window, in which you can change the scanning area by moving the borders, rotate the image, and adjust the brightness and contrast. Next, you need to either scan the next original or proceed to saving, for which JPG, PNG, PDF, TIFF and BMP formats are possible. The template for the file name by default contains the word deli and the date-time, the folder is “Documents\DeliScan” of the current Windows user, but all this can be changed before saving.

Note: in the instructions, the user interface of the scanning procedure looks different; it contains additional settings and functions that we did not observe in reality.

At the same time, you cannot save your set of used settings, which is not very convenient when regularly scanning with settings different from the default ones.

We will look at the last button “Wireless Connection” in the corresponding section of the review.

Network connection

Disconnect the USB cable.

Wired Ethernet connection

We start with a “clean slate” — we remove from the computer the software previously installed for the USB connection.

But first, go to the “Network Settings” item in the MFP’s own menu.

In the first sub-item “Network Status”, after connecting the patch cord to the router, “Ethernet” appears; if you click “OK”, details will appear, including the IP address (accessing it from the browser opens the web interface, but more on that later). A wired network connection symbol appears in the upper right corner of the LCD screen.

You can change settings in the “Ethernet Settings” sub-item; the main one is the method of obtaining an IP address: automatic (via DHCP) or manually specified. With the first everything is clear, for the second there is the next step: an on-screen numeric keyboard appears with control of the arrow buttons and “OK” on the control panel, select a value for each digit. Then the subnet mask, gateway and DNS server addresses are set in the same way. The procedure is not very fast, but it is still a little more convenient than what we observed in the Deli M2500ADNW, where not numbers, but three-digit numbers were specified by brute force.

Launch the software installer. Again, the Deli Printer Assistant utility is installed first, then you are asked to select a connection method:

In “Printer Properties → Advanced” click “Driver → Change”, in further dialogs install “Deli D311NW” and select it instead of the automatically installed “Microsoft IPP Class Driver”.

Now the set of settings available in the driver is the same as we saw for USB.

But there is no scanning driver — in programs that support the “Acquire” function it is simply absent, and in the Deli utility the “Scan” button is inactive, since there is no device “accepted” by this utility. Alternatively, after working via USB, even after uninstalling and reinstalling, a device with a USB connection may remain registered in the utility, then clicking “Scan” will be possible and will even open the corresponding window, but when you try to start it there will only be an error message.

MFP'ye WSD bağlantı noktası yerine bir TCP/IP bağlantı noktası atarsanız (mevcut değilse bunu oluşturarak), cihaz yardımcı programda görünecek, «Tara» düğmesi etkinleşecek, ancak taramanın kendisi imkansız kalacaktır.. Kalan mürekkep de yanlış görüntülenebilir (sol alttaki renk çubukları boştur) ve «Cihaz Bilgileri» öğesindeki bir dizi parametre de yanlış görüntülenebilir.

A similar situation occurred with the wired connection of the Deli M2500ADNW device, which we recently tested. True, then it was possible to achieve at least normal printing over an Ethernet network, and for the Deli D311NW, with any setting option (WSD or TCP/IP port, Deli or Microsoft driver), at best, only a test page was printed normally, but when trying to output a multi-page DOC file or PDF, either an error message was immediately displayed, or printing started, but did not complete normally.

The fundamental operability of the Ethernet channel itself is confirmed by the availability of the MFP web interface.

It turns out that problems with printing and/or scanning via Ethernet are a “family” feature of Deli printing devices (more precisely, the software currently offered). We can only hope that the company's developers will pay serious attention to what we have discovered in the very near future.

Wireless connection

Now we connect the MFP to the existing wireless network in infrastructure mode. Until such a connection is established (and in the absence of an Ethernet connection), a crossed out Wi-Fi symbol appears in the upper right corner of the LCD screen.

First, we use the device menu: “Network Setup → Wi-Fi Settings → Search Wi-Fi” and get a list of available networks.

We find the one we need by searching with the arrow buttons and select it by pressing “OK”, then we need to enter the password. To do this, an on-screen keyboard appears, this time not a numeric one, but with a full set of symbols.

After completing the input, click “Switch/Copy”, after a short time we see the message “Wi-Fi Connected”.

We return to the original screen (copying), the Wi-Fi symbol is no longer crossed out. As with Ethernet, the default is to obtain network parameters from DHCP, but you can also set them manually

Here is the connection information from the test router:

The established connection is maintained after turning off and on the MFP and/or router (whether it is always or forever — we cannot say).

Now we need to deal with the drivers, this time we use the previously installed software — launch the “Device → Add device” function in Deli Printer Assistant; As with the Deli laser MFP, the device is quickly detected by search. We add it, it appears in the “Devices and Printers” snap-in, and ink levels and device information are displayed correctly in the utility.

Scanning also became available — both from the utility and through the WIA network driver, while the printer was installed without additional effort not on WSD, but on TCP/IP and with the Deli driver.

Now let's remember another button in the Deli Printer Assistant window, the description of which we previously postponed: “Wireless connection”. Clicking on it brings up a message that a printer with a USB connection is required — we organize this, in the “Device” window of the utility and in the Windows “Devices and Printers” snap-in, the corresponding USB printer appears, select it in the drop-down list at the top right and click again button, we first get a window depicting the required configuration, and clicking “Forward” in it will display a list of available wireless networks:

We select the one you need, enter the password when prompted, and after a few seconds we receive a message about a successful connection. That is, if you have a USB cable to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you don’t have to fiddle with the control panel buttons, trying out characters for the password.

And one more conclusion: the MFP can be connected to a number of computers via a wireless network, and simultaneously to one of them locally.

There is another possibility of interacting with the MFP — direct connection to it without using external routers, that is, Wi-Fi Direct. Let's try this mode by disconnecting the USB cable.

We go to the menu “Network Settings — Wi-Fi Settings — Mobile Connection” and click “OK”, the Wi-Fi Direct mode is turned on, the network icon on the LCD screen takes on the appropriate shape.

We try to connect from a computer: an SSID appears in the list of available wireless networks, containing the name of the MFP with an alphanumeric addition (it can be specified on the configuration printout, or you can change it in the “Host Name” menu item) — we connect to it, without the password required. But you should hurry up: if the connection does not happen within a minute, the message “Mobile connection timeout” will appear on the LCD screen, and you will have to start all over again.

To interact with the MFP, it must be “registered” on the computer — for example, in the “Device” window of the utility (let’s clarify: the IP address will be the one indicated on the configuration printout in the “Wireless Direct” column — 10.192.168.1). You can then print and scan.

In this case, you can also access the web interface.

You can also use the Windows “Devices and Printers” snap-in, but in this case the device was again installed on the WSD port with the Microsoft IPP driver, scanning remained unavailable.

Several devices will be able to connect — at least two: we tried a test computer and a smartphone. Surely, after a certain period of inactivity, the connection will be interrupted, and this will definitely happen after turning off and on the MFP, but it can “fall off” even earlier: we worked normally for about 22-25 minutes, printing and scanning several sheets, but then the next attempt followed only a message about the scanner being unavailable.

Although the Wi-Fi Direct icon was displayed on the LCD screen, it was no longer possible to connect to this network; I had to turn the device off and on, start Mobile Connection again, connect a computer to the desired SSID and register the MFP on it.

The situation repeated itself a second time — after 35-37 minutes of working with the scans, so we can’t talk about it as an accident.

To work from a smartphone you will need some application or service. As we found out above, there seems to be support for AirPrint for Apple devices, but we cannot check due to the lack of a test device from this company. And we will have to wait for the appearance of the branded Deli application for Android and iOS — the company’s representative office told us that this will happen no later than the beginning of 2024.

Web interface

When accessing the IP address of the MFP from a browser, a web interface page opens with very limited capabilities: you can only view the status of the device. For full access, a password is required — by default it is “admin” (specified in the instructions), it can be changed. There is a choice of language, but so far there are only two options: English, Chinese.

Displays counters for print, scan, and paper jams, the most general information for consumables.

In Device Configuration you can make some of the settings that are already familiar to us from the menu of the MFP itself:

You can also print a report (remember: it contains the most accurate information about the ink remaining), run head cleaning and return the settings to factory settings.

Everything on the Network page is also familiar, but changing settings is more convenient than in the menu.