While modern printers have a sleeker and more compact design compared to their bulkier ancestors, they can still take up a considerable footprint on your desk. This space could have been used for other, more essential items, or maybe you want to declutter your office space. The best solution to this particular problem is by turning your printer into a wireless one. This will allow you to place your printer anywhere in your home/office, which should help you maximize your workspace.
So, how do you turn your printer wireless? The good news here is that you don’t need to be a technical whiz to achieve this task. Read our comprehensive guide below to learn how you can convert your printer into a wireless one.
Converting Your Printer to a Wireless Printer Guide
The good news here is that you won’t need to go through hoops to turn your printer. The process is pretty straightforward, and you will most likely have all the necessary tools on hand. In the instance where you don’t have the required tools available, you can go to your local electronics store to buy one.
- Step 1: Connect the Router and Printer
Take an Ethernet cable and use it to connect your printer to the router.
- Step 2: Pair the Printer and Router
Turn on the printer. It will usually take some time for the printer and router to pair up/form a communication. We clocked the process at around 2 minutes on our end.
- Step 3: Configure your Both Devices
Once your printer is appropriately paired up with the router, look at the control panel and press the config button. This will print a configuration page that will give you all the necessary information moving forward such as the IP address which is assigned to the printer and other network details. An alternative method here is to assign an IP address to your printer yourself manually.
To print a configuration page, you will need to follow the instructions as detailed in the printer’s manufacturer’s manual. This is because each printer will have different methods on how to print the said config page.
- Step 4: Install Printer Software
Download the necessary printer software from the manufacturer’s official website. Make sure you download the correct one for your specific printer model. Now, go to your desktop computer and install the printer software. You can also check the installation CD that came with your printer. The installation CD will typically contain the necessary software to turn your printer into a wireless one.
The process will be pretty simple as you need to follow the instructions given by the installation wizard. You will need to enter the IP address that is printed on the configuration page so have it on hand.
You can also search for the printer by:
- Going to your computer’s Settings > Devices > Add Printer or Scanner.
You might be required to restart your computer to complete the installation process, do so. Again, we are giving the necessary installation process to turn your printer into a wireless device. Some printers might take a different approach, so make sure you read through the printer’s manual first.
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There is also an alternative method available that you can apply. Here is another way you can go about converting your printer into a wireless device.
Converting USB Printers into Wireless Printers
For those who printers that can connect via USB, here’s a quick guide on how to give it the wireless treatment.
- Step 1: Connect the Printer to a Computer
Connect your printer to a computer via USB. Choose the computer that you will uses as the printer’s primary host. The computer will act as the bridge for your printer to access your home network.
- Step 2: Boot Up your Printer
Make sure that your printer is within reach of both the computer and the power outlet. Turn on your printer and download any software or driver needed. The printer will prompt you with all the necessary drivers to download, so you just need to wait and click.
- Step 3: Setting Up Your PC
Open the control panel on your computer and head onto the “Network and Internet” settings. Click the Network and Sharing Center sub-menu and go to the “Change Advanced Sharing Settings” option. Find and turn on the file and sharing the checkbox. Save the changes and go back to the control panel.
Go click “View Devices and Printers” and right-click the connected printer tab. A drop-down menu will appear. Scroll down and look for the printer properties, click it. Now, click the “Sharing” tab that appears and check the “Share this Printer” option. Apply changes and close the window.
- Step 4: Test the Connection
Once you have gone through the setup process, it’s time to test the connection. You can do this by using a different computer that is connected to your home Wi-Fi network. The host computer must remain on and related to this to work.
- Now, open the Start Menu > go to the Control Panel > Devices > Printers and Scanners > Add Device.
Look for your printer on this list and add it. There you go, now you can access your USB printer using other devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi. Also, remember that you need to have the host computer turned on if you want to use the printer wirelessly.
Most modern printers already come with built-in wireless technology. Setting up these printers is incredibly easy. Some even go a step beyond with convenience by providing users with QR codes that will send them directly to the necessary software/app that they need to download to activate their printer’s wireless features.
This guide is for those who are using relatively older models and wish to take advantage of its wireless functionalities. As you can see from the above guide, converting your printer into a wireless one is quite easy. Follow the guide word for word, and you will be done in a jiffy.