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Title: Connecting a wireless printer to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router or Linksys Wi-Fi Router using Linksys Connect

Article ID: 21514


Connecting a wireless printer to your Linksys router gives you the ease of printing from anywhere in the house.  As long as you are connected to the home network, you can conveniently print from your computers’ or devices’ default printing applications.

NOTE:  This article assumes that you want to connect a wireless printer to your network using Linksys Connect.  If you have a USB printer, click here.

What do I need to connect my printer to the router?

To connect a wireless printer, you need to know your router’s wireless settings.  These will be used to synchronize the printer’s network settings with that of your router and create a wireless connection between them.  But, if you have Linksys Connect installed on your computer, connecting your printer to the network is just a few steps away.

Before proceeding with the steps below, make sure the following requirements are met:
Connecting the wireless printer to the network

Step 1:
Launch the Linksys Connect software on your computer, then go to Start > All Programs > Linksys Connect.  On a Mac® computer, navigate to the Applications folder in Go, and then start Linksys Connect.

Step 2:
On the main Linksys Connect window, select Computers and devices.


Step 3:
In the Computers and other devices screen, select Printer.


Step 4:
Select Wireless Printer.


Step 5:
On the Connecting a wireless printer screen, you will find the wireless settings of your router.  Take note of these settings and do not close this window yet.

 The wireless settings include:
 

Step 6:
Go to your printer and enter the wireless settings that Linksys Connect displayed on your computer.  After entering the wireless details on your printer, click Next on the Linksys Connect window.
 

QUICK TIP:  Refer to your wireless printer's documentation or manufacturer’s online support for instructions on how to enter the wireless settings on your printer.

Step 7:
To confirm that your wireless printer has been detected, you should be directed to the Name your printer screen.  Enter your preferred name in the field provided then click Finish.
 

You should have successfully connected your printer now.  To know if your wireless printer is properly connected and installed to the computer, try printing a document.  If it doesn’t print the document properly, try following the troubleshooting tips below.

If you are still unable to connect your printer to the network, isolate the problem by connecting other devices or computers.  If they connect successfully, there might be other settings that you need to configure on the printer.  You may contact your printer’s manufacturer or refer to the documentation for assistance.

Below are some of the links to the most common wireless printer manufacturers’ support websites that you can visit if you do not have the necessary documentation:

HP™
Epson®
Kodak®
Brother®
Lexmark®
Canon®
Dell™


Related Articles:

Configuring File and Printer Sharing on Windows 7, Vista and XP
Configuring File and Printer Sharing on Windows 8
Configuring File and Printer Sharing on a Mac® computer
Connecting and configuration tips for your network printer

 

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