Connecting a wired printer is simple; you select the right cable, plug it in to the printer and the computer or network and you are done. However, connecting a wireless printer is not as simple. Even when the process runs smoothly, as it commonly does, it is still more complicated than plugging a cable into a wall. It is important to note that there is more than one type of wireless printer. There are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and infrared (IrDA) connections. However, the most common wireless printer is through a wireless connection.
Wireless Printer Setup Guide
The focus of this article is to guide you in wireless printer setup on Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS and Windows 10. Each process is different so it is important to know how to wirelessly set up your printer with the correct device.
A. Android Setup
There are several methods of printing with Android. This article will discuss the two most common: Wi-Fi and Google Cloud Print.
With most modern printers being wireless, any type of device can connect to them over a wireless network. To do this, you simply need an Android app that supports printing. The big name printer companies all have free printing apps that allows you to print photos, drawings, notes, etc. At this time, there is no real standard so the manufacturers must create their own apps to support the printers.
The first step is to download and install the printer-specific app. Once downloaded complete the requested information including the router logins. Once this is complete, you will have a print option in some apps on your phone. Note, that not every app supports printing on every document.
- Google Cloud Print
If your printer does not have wireless capabilities, Google Cloud can connect to your phone and printer. First download and install the app. Second, use your Google account to sign in. Third, select which printer you would like to print to from your device and you are done. Moving forward, you can use your Google account on any device to access the printer.
B. iOS Setup
iOS wireless printer setup is extremely simple. To use an AirPrint printer on your wireless network, ensure the printer is connected to the same network as your iOS mobile device. Next, select the AirPrint printer option from within your favorite app and you are ready to print. If your printer is not AirPrint compatible, like Android, printer manufacturers have free apps that can be downloaded to allow you to print from your iPhone or iPad.
Read more: Print Wirelessly From iPhone or iPad
C. Linux Setup
There are two methods of wireless printer setup for Linux: using hp-wificonfig/hp-setup utilities and using the Front Panel on the printer.
First, run hp-setup from the computer terminal. Second, select the third option – Wireless/802.11. Third, follow the Wireless Wizard to gain access to the IP address. Finally run hp-setup <ip address> to complete the access.
- Front Panel
The first step is to press the wireless button on the display. Second, select the Wireless Menu then Wireless Setup Wizard. Third, select a wireless router to connect to the printer. Fourth, wait for the printer to show the IP address. Finally, run hp-setup <IP address>.
D. Mac OS Setup
The Mac OS automatically downloads and installs drivers for new printers that have been wirelessly detect on the system. The first step is to power on the printer and complete the initial setup instructions to get the printer connected to the network. Second, click the apple menu and choose Software Update which ensures there aren’t any newer versions of the printer and software. Third, click the Apple Menu then System Preferences. Fourth, choose Print and Scan from within the Hardware section. Fifth, click the + button and select your printer. Finally, choose the Default tab and select your printer. If not available, click the IP tab and enter the IP address from your printer.
Read more: Wireless Printer Setup For Mac
E. Windows 10 Setup
Similarly, Windows 10 also searches and automatically installs driver for the newest printers. First power on the printer and complete the initial setup instructions so the printer can connect to the network. Then, for your Windows 10 device, select the start button and Settings > Devices > Add a Printer or Scanner. Select your printer from the list and click Add Device. If your printer only have a cable, plug one end in to the printer and the other end into the device and it will automatically download and install the right drivers.