Wifi & the Cloud
Yes. You just need power and Wi-Fi to use your Glowforge. This lets you connect to the cloud servers hosted by Google, which we use to make many of the coolest features possible.
However, you only need the connection to start the print. If you lose your internet connection while printing it will finish.
Glowforge supports the most popular home wifi network types, open and WPA2-protected.
No. All the software you need to use your Glowforge is included, forever, for free, with your purchase. If you'd like additional design software, free catalog designs, and other add-ons, you can subscribe to Glowforge Premium.
The product does not have a wired Ethernet adapter, and requires a Wi-Fi connection to work. However, it is possible to get an inexpensive wired ethernet to Wi-Fi bridge from any electronics store. It can also work with cellular internet adapters like the MiFi device and with cell phone hotspots.
No, a Wi-Fi connection to the internet is required to print.