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Wireless Printer Guide And Tutorial

Do you know that it is possible to have your printer that has no wires whatsoever? These printers do exist and use wireless networks to connect. With this you actually do not need wire connections as they use radio signals. These printers have become increasingly popular due to their efficiency.

Wireless Printer Guide

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Here is a wireless printer guide you can use:

Ensure that you have secured your network

Wireless printer guide to securing network. Since you are using wireless, you need to secure the network to avoid internet thieves and black hat hackers from taking advantage of it. There are so many devices these days that detect wireless signals even T-shirts. If you fail to secure your connection then there are high chances of getting a large internet usage bill. Worse is if these people use your network for illegal activities making you fall on the wrong side of law.

Configure your wireless printer to be accessible through wireless

The wireless networks connect many devices over a wireless access point or through a hub. Once your wireless printer has been configured, the network will be able to recognize it. This in turn enables you to print your work with ease using the wireless printers.

Ensure that you have a print server

A print server is a computer that communicates with the printer it is connected to. You need the print server if your printer does not have a print server that is inbuilt which is mostly built in wireless printers. In such situations, you connect your printer to the wireless network through a wireless print server. You may also use a wireless card from an old PC.

Below is a wireless printer tutorial of installing a wireless printer:

  • Have the SSID or name of the network also the password to it
  • Place the printer close to the personal computer that is part of your network. Attach your PC to the printer via USB cable so as the software can be installed.
  • Ensure that you have placed your printer within range of the wireless repeater or router. There can be much interference with the network connection such as too many screen windows and doors, large metallic objects or even buildings. In case the signal is too weak you can move your printer closer to the wireless router.

There are however automated installations. Printers that have LCD control panels allow you to directly configure the wireless connection. The wireless printer will be able to detect any network within range where you can select your network, enter the password and you will be good to go.

Wireless Printer Tutorial

Wireless Printer TutorialThe following is the wireless printer tutorial in case of a connection issue with your network

Set the IP address

An IP address is a one to three digits found in a group of four numbers which is in every network resource. When the IP address of your printer changes the network will no longer recognize your printer hence you won’t be able to print. To ensure that your printer always has the same IP address, firstly assign a static IP address through the Web based configuration pages or its control panel. Secondly assign an address which is way above or below the addresses range.

Adjust the security setting of your firewall

Firewall securities that are too high may interfere with your wireless printer’s communication to your router. You can disable the firewall to check if that’s where the source of the problem is and if it is adjust it to a lower level.

Check the wireless security protocol

You might find that the security protocol of your router is the old fashioned wireless Ethernet protocol. You therefore need a newer wireless protected access. If you do not know the wireless security type you have you can find it from the router’s configuration pages or documentation.