Connecting printer to network can be an intimidating task because it requires some technical knowledge and skill, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In this guide, we’ll teach you how to connect your printer to your network in just 3 easy steps!
Connecting your printer to network with Ethernet cable: You’ll first need to connect your printer to your router or switch with an Ethernet cable. This is done by physically connecting one end of an Ethernet cable into the back of your printer and then plugging it into either a port on your router or switch. The other end should be plugged directly into one of these devices. If you don’t have an Ethernet cable, you can easily pick one up at most local electronic stores.
Configuring your printer to broadcast its availability over Wi-Fi:
Next, turn on Wi-Fi broadcasting (for compatible printers) on your wireless router.
Design your computer’s network layout:
In order to connect your printer, you need to know exactly how you want your networked computers arranged. You should also determine if you will be connecting directly from one computer (i.e., wired) or from multiple computers (i.e., wireless).
If you choose wired, then use an Ethernet cable for each machine; if you prefer wireless, then just plug one router into a modem. Let it broadcast its signal across your entire home or office space. Connect your printer to your Wi-Fi router.
For Windows, click Add Printer. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. On Mac OS X v10.5 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences; click Print & Fax and then click Print Center. If you are prompted for an administrator username and password, type them and then click OK.