Wireless printers are becoming popular nowadays because of their easy to share feature and ease of portability. How do you install a wireless printer ? Well, all the information is provided here for your perusal. The installation of wireless printers will go smoothly in case you have all the details about the wireless network and follow the installation process for the printer in question.
Manual Install a wireless printer setup
The installation software of the printer usually takes care of the firewall settings and IP address. But if you are going to install it manually, here are things that you must know:
IP address : Every device has an IP address. Usually the router that you have, assigns an IP address by DHCP. There are two ways in which you can ensure that your printer has the same IP address every time. The first way is to assign a static IP address of the printer through the control panel. Some routers allow you to reserve the IP addresses for the printer on the basis of the MAC address. This approach comes with an advantage, namely that the IP address of the printer can be viewed when you view the DHCP table.
Firewall security settings : If the security setting for the firewall is set high, it might prevent the smooth connection of the printer to the router or PC. So, just disable the firewall to check if that is the problem or not. If it is, then you can adjust the security settings to a lower level.
Wireless security protocol : The security protocol of the router can be the old WEP, the new WPA or any of the versions. If the installation routine is asking for the wireless security type, you have to check the configuration pages of the printer or in the documents for the router.
Install a wireless printer Without A CD
If you want, you can add the printer to the OS using the add printer option present in the operating system. The printer needs to be present on the network for this though. There needs to be a proper configuration of the wireless settings on the printer. When it has the correct network, the OS discovery software will find it and install the drivers. If the OS is not able to do so, you can download the drivers from the website of the vendor.
In case your OS cannot find the printer during a search, the fallback method can be used for adding the printer as the local one. Then you can assign it as a standard IP/TCP port. For this, you should know the IP address of the printer or device for the method to work properly.