How to connect your computer to a wireless printer

Do you need assistance configuring your wireless printer? To begin, just adhere to our simple guidelines.

There are many printers with wi-fi, so printing from your laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone is simple and wire-free.

A wireless printer allows you to print from it even if you’re not in the same room or, in some situations, the same building. The majority of contemporary models come with built-in wi-fi, but if yours doesn’t, you can still use a router to make it function wirelessly.

Make a wireless network connection

When you initially switch on a printer with a colour screen, step-by-step instructions for configuring the wireless connection are shown. Even with a small screen and limited information, they are simple to understand since you can only go forward one step at a time.

You may set up the wifi connection later if you forget to do so during the startup procedure. In the printer’s menu, look for the wireless setup “wizard” under “wireless settings” or “networking.”

There are several ways to connect to a wireless network, and you can be given a few choices while configuring the connection.

Put the WPS pairing button to use.

The network menu on your printer should have a Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) option if your printer and router are compatible with it.

If so, all you have to do to connect the printer wirelessly to the network is hit the WPS pairing button on your router and the matching button on the printer when asked.

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Auto-connect for WiFi

The majority of printers have access to this capability, and it is fairly simple to utilise. If your computer is already connected to your wireless network, you can use it.

Choose Wi-fi Auto-connect (your model may have a different, but related, name), and the printer utilises the network your computer is currently connected to to connect to the wi-fi network. Although connecting may take a moment, it is simple and completed with the push of a button.

Utilising a network key or PIN to connect

In order to connect your printer and router if your printer doesn’t support WPS, you’ll likely need to enter a “network key”—a string of numbers and letters—into the printer using the function buttons and screen on the printer.

The network key should be in your router’s manual or printed on a sticker if you haven’t changed the password since then.

Set up the printer’s connection.

On your Windows computer, click Start, then type “printer” into the search bar. Click Add a printer or scanner after that.

That opens the Settings app’s Printers & Scanners tab. The wizard will check for your printer’s wi-fi signal and lead you through connecting it once you click Add a printer or scanner next to the + symbol in the box that appears.

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