How Do You Set up a Wireless Printer?


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To setup a wireless printer, connect the device to a computer with an available USB port and allow the drivers to automatically install. A network that allows either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is required to utilize the wireless functionality of the printer.

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How Do You Set up a Wireless Printer?
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Windows 7 and 8 offers users the ability to connect a printer to a host computer and setup a shared printer on the network with a program called HomeGroup. The host computer requires power during periods of use for the shared printer, but allowing the printer to be shared on the network can easily be done through the Control Panel. Type "HomeGroup" in the search box within the control panel and select HomeGroup from the list. Tick the box for printers to share them within the homegroup and save the changes.

Press the start button and navigate to Devices and Printers. Select add a printer and choose network printer. Once Windows finds the printer that is being shared, select it from the list and press next. The printer is now available within the homegroup.

Mac users can connect an AirPrint printer to a Wi-Fi network by either using the on screen display, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or by using a supplied USB cable to launch the setup software. The on-screen display requires the network SSID and password to authenticate. Users opting for Wi-Fi Protected setup will need to provide a device specific pin to gain access to the network.

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