In order to use a wireless printer, you must set it up as a network printer. Here’s how it works.
Set up a network printer in Windows
Time needed: 3 minutes.
Setting up a network printer under Windows is quite simple:
- Go to the printer control panel
Windows 10: Right-click on the Windows logo at the bottom left and select “Settings”. Then click on “Devices” and on the right “Devices and Printers”.
Windows 8: Call up the Control Panel by typing “sys” on the Start screen – then the Win8 search opens with the search result for the Control Panel. Select the item “Show devices and printers” there.
Windows 7: Press the Start button at the bottom left of the screen and select the “Devices and Printers” item on the right.
- Add your printer
Now click on “Add Printer” at the top of the window (see picture). Select the lower item “Add a network printer” there. Afterwards all available network printers will be searched.
- Confirm the selected printer
If the printer was found, click on it and confirm your selection by clicking on “Next”.
- Name your printer
Now you can give the printer a name to make it easier to find it. Then click on “Next”.
- Select the printer as a default
Finally, you can choose if you want to select the printer as default printer. To do this, place a check mark in front of the said box. Finally, click on “Finish”.
Printing via Wi-Fi network – this is how it works
After setting up your wireless printer, you can print your documents via the Wi-Fi network. Before you will be able to print and scan wirelessly, you will also need to connect all other devices (i.e.: PC, mobile device) to the same Wi-Fi. You should then find the printer on your PC or mobile device as a normal printer, which you can use like a regular printer, when you are in the same Wi-Fi network.