A device which accepts text as well as graphics output from the computer or mobile phone and transfers the said information to the paper is called a printer. Printers come in various sizes, different speeds and price points. The only question that arises is do you need wifi for a wireless printer? Also, how important is a Wi-Fi connection while using a wireless printer? There are two types of modern printers available in the market: Bluetooth printers and Wi-Fi printers. Although the Bluetooth printers can be placed several meters from the computer and at any desired place, you will still need to establish a Bluetooth connection between your devices which can get tricky. A Wi-Fi printer connects wirelessly to a Wi-Fi router so that any computer or device can gain access on the same network which is established through your device.

Now for the wireless printer to work efficiently and to its full limits, your laptop, computer, or device needs to have a wireless connection and an IP address so that you can send in the output for the printer. Using Wi-Fi, you can establish an “Ad Hoc” connection.

With the presence of Wi-Fi, you can handle functions like creating a separate IP address on the subnet, Dynamics Host Control Protocol server, and an 802.11- compatible radio which will handle the wireless frequency transmission which a layman can do easily. Also passing information on two different networks or subnets, masking different IP’s and communicating between devices will require a router and therefore you will need Wi-Fi for a wireless printer.

Moreover, adding a printer to your device is very easy. For your desktop PC or your laptop follow the steps below:


1. On the printer’s screen, find “SETTINGS” and open “NETWORK CONNECTIONS.”
2. Now select the “Wireless Setup Wizard.” The printer will search for networks
3. Select your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and then enter your password.
4. Once you see that the connection has been established, you are good to go.


1. Click on the “Start Menu” and click on Control Panel
2. Select “Devices and Printers”
3. Select “Add a Printer” and make sure both devices are on the same established Wi-Fi network.
4. Select your printer and press “Next.”
5. You can go ahead and print a test page to confirm whether it works.

Without a Wi-Fi connection, connecting to a wireless printer can get tricky as generally, the Bluetooth connection is a type of connection which isn’t established easily. It takes time, and the connection isn’t always strong which tampers with the efficiency of the wireless printer. Therefore, to make the best use of a wireless printer, you need to have Wi-Fi present.

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