Wireless printers have come to stay due to their various applications and usefulness. Many users prefer to print using this type of printers than regular wired printers.
However, not everyone is thrilled with the process of setting up the connection. We are certain you feel the same way, don’t you?
Nevertheless, in this article, we will teach you how to connect a printer to WiFi in a simple to understand terms.
We are sure that at the end of the article, connecting your printer to WiFi will become very easy for you.
Connecting Your Printer to WiFi
Step 1: Place your printer within the wireless connection range
For your printer to connect with your router, it has to be within the range of the network.
So, make sure that the distance between your printer and the router does not exceed the network range.
Step 2: Turn on your printer
On the body of your printer, locate the power button/switch as the case may be. Press it to turn your printer on.
Step 3: Connect your printer to your Wi-Fi network
Although there may be some differences from printer to printer, there are some key things to know.
You must know the name of the Wi-Fi network also known as SSID. You need to know the password of the network as well.
There are different ways to set up your wireless network. These include:
i. With the use of the printer’s built-in menu, you can set up your wireless connection.
ii. Older Wi-Fi printers may not have a built-in menu. This type must be connected to your computer first to set up the Wi-Fi connection.
To set up, you’ll need to connect your printer to the computer first via a USB cable. You’ll then use the printer’s driver/software to begin and complete the setup.
Once you’re done, you can use your printer without having to make use of the USB cable.
iii. The WPS method. Using the WPS connection is the newer and faster way to connect a wireless printer to a network.
It eliminates the need for entering passwords or passphrases. It allows for a quicker connection between both devices.
If your printer supports this mode, simply press the WPS button on your printer and do the same on your router. This will automatically cause both devices to connect.
Among the many examples of WPS enabled printers, one of our top picks is the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530.
For a proper understanding of how your printer works, you’ll need to go through the printer’s manual. If you don’t have one, we recommend visiting the manufacturer’s website to download one.
You need to watch the video below. You will learn how to connect your printer to WiFi and more.
Adding Your Printer to a Computer
After connecting your printer to the WiFi network, you’ll need to still add it to your PC. This, however, depends on if you’ve not added the printer before.
If the printer is not added to your computer, it won’t be able to receive the command to print.
If you are a mac user, you’ll be interested in this how to add a printer to a Mac.
Conclusion – How to Connect a Printer to WiFi
There is no general “how to connect a printer to WiFi” article that will truly answer all questions at once.
However, what we’ve done above should give you a general idea of how to go about the whole process.
We also strongly recommend you consult your printer’s manual in detail.
If you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments section. We will make sure we answer them as best as we can.