I recently added a wireless-capable printer to my home wireless network . I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is. Here’s what you need to do.
First you’ll need to know the SSID, the name you gave your wireless network when it was installed, and the Network Key (password) of your wireless router.
What?…you say you didn’t assign a password when you set up your network? This is a serious breach of your computer’s security! Stop right now and assign a password so you’ll be protected from 1. your neighbors using your network to get to the Internet, and 2. drive-by hackers getting access to your computer and network. Store the password in a safe place.
Okay, I’m calming down now…yes, I’m feeling better about the security of your network and computer now. Thanks. 😉
Now let’s get back to installing this printer. Follow the printer’s instructions to run the setup. This will load the necessary drivers (software) the printer will need to operate, to your computer. Part of the setup will be a question to find out if you want to connect the printer to your network as wired or wireless. Answer wireless. At this point the properties of your wireless router and network setup must be communicated to your printer. Some printers are “smart” enough to scan for available wireless networks to connect to and others will ask you to connect the printer to your computer temporarily using a USB cable so that the information can be accessed by the printer. Either way works fine. At this point you may be asked for your network’s SSID and password to complete the connection.
Next, it’s a good idea to go to your printer manufacturer’s web site to download the latest drivers for your model printer. This will ensure your printer works properly with the latest software. To complete the installation, you should test the connection by sending a document from your computer (click print) to the printer.
Well, that’s all it takes to install a wireless-capable printer to your wireless network. I told you it wouldn’t be too hard.
Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.