How to Set Up a Wireless Printer Connection
1. Place the printer within range of your wireless router
Most modern printers have Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to set them up without connecting to any of your computers. The printer will need to be in range of your wireless router in order to connect to it.
2. Power on the printer
You’ll be connecting to the wireless network directly from the printer, so you don’t need to connect it to a computer first.
3. Connect the printer to your wireless network
The process for this will vary depending on the printer. You’ll need to know your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password.
- Many printers will allow you to connect to the wireless network using the built-in menu system. Refer to the printer’s documentation for the exact location. If you can’t find your manual, you can almost always download a PDF copy from the manufacturer’s support site.
- If your printer and router both support WPS push-to-connect, simply push the WPS button on your printer, then press the WPS button on your router within two minutes. The connection will be made automatically.
- Some older wireless printers may require you to connect to a computer first to set up the wireless connection. This is common if the printer doesn’t have a built-in menu, but does support wireless. Connect the printer to your computer via USB, and use the included software to set up the printer’s wireless connection. After configuring its wireless, you can disconnect it from your computer and place it where you want.