Do you have an important job to print? Yet, you can’t because you are having trouble connecting your brother printer to your Wi-Fi? Well, we are here to help.
Without connecting to your computer’s Wi-Fi network, your wireless brother printer is almost as good as useless.
This article will show you how to connect brother printer to WiFi in easy to understand steps.
What You Need to Connect Your Brother Printer to Wi-Fi
Before you begin the process of connecting your brother printer to Wi-Fi, you’ll need to know the following:
i. The Network Name Also Known as SSID Network
The network name is your wireless network’s name or access point. In other words, it is the name of the Wi-Fi you intend connecting your printer to.
ii. The Network Key
The network key is also known as an encryption key, security key, WEP key. It is the password or passphrase that protects your wireless network from being used by unauthorized persons.
iii. The Security Type
This is important because brother printers support WPA2-PSK with AES only. WPA2-PSK with TKIP security type is
not supported by the brother printer. If you try to connect with it, you’ll get a “Connection fail” error message.
Basic Steps to Connect Brother Printer to Wi-Fi
Step 1: Turn on your brother printer
Locate the power button on your printer. Press it to turn on your printer.
Step 2: Press Settings
On your brother printer, press the menu button and then Settings. This is the first step to start your wireless setup wizard.
Step 3: Select Network
Using the up or down navigation keys on your printer, move your selection to Network and press OK.
Step 4: Select WLAN
Still using the up or down navigation keys, locate WLAN and press OK.
Step 5: Select Setup Wizard
Move your selection with the up or down navigation keys until Setup Wizard is displayed. Then press the OK key.
Step 6: Search for Available Networks
After step 5, your printer should display Enable WLAN? Press OK after this happens. This will cause your printer to search for available networks.
The list of available networks will be displayed on your printer.
Step 7: Choose Your Wi-Fi Network
You can then choose your Wi-Fi network by pressing navigating through the list of available networks. When you locate your network, press OK.
Step 8: Enter Network Key
After the step above, you’ll be prompted to enter your network key. This is depending on whether or not you have one in the first place.
If you don’t the Brother printer will try to connect at step 7.
However, if it has a network key, after imputing it, press OK to confirm. To apply the settings select Yes.
Step 9: Complete Connection
After confirming your network key, you should have connected displayed on your printer’s LCD.
This is an indication that connection to your Wi-Fi has been achieved. You can now press OK to move to the last step.
Step 10: Print a Test Page
To confirm that your brother printer is fully connected, print a test page. On the page, the IP address of your Wi-Fi will be printed to show that the connection is established.
Watch the video below for a better understanding of the steps discussed above.
Adding Your Brother Printer to your Computer
You might still need to add your printer to your computer for it to function. This depends if you have not already done so.
Connecting to your wireless network does not necessarily mean the same as adding your printer to your computer.
What we treated above was just connecting your Brother machine to your wireless network connection.
Therefore, we will show you a quick way you can do so. For a more detailed process, you can check out this article.
Ensure Both Devices Are Turned On
Your Brother printer and computer must be turned on for this process to work. So make sure both devices are turned on.
Press Windows Logo Key and R Key
Press the Windows key logo and R key at once on your computer’s keyboard.
What this does is that it opens a run dialogue box.
Type or Paste ‘control/name/Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters’
In the dialogue box, you’ll see a text box where you can insert text. You can either type control/name/Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters. Or you copy it and paste it into the box.
Below you’ll find the OK button. Click it to continue.
Click Add a Printer
You’ll then click add a printer.
Follow the “Add a printer wizard” instructions until you are done with the process.
You should be able to print with your Brother printer after this.
Conclusion — How To Connect Brother Printer To WiFi
The steps above if followed properly should get your brother printer connected to your Wi-Fi network.
However, if you have any questions not covered here, feel free to let us know in the comments section. We’ll be glad to answer them.
We strongly recommend you also go through your printer’s manual. This is necessary because there are many brother printer models. Therefore, there may be some minor differences here and there.
We recommend you visit the brother printer’s website to obtain additional information about your printer and even your printer manual. You can also download your printer driver and software there.