Need to print to your wireless printer? Here’s how to connect your printer to Wi-Fi and print on Windows 10.
Here’s everything you need to connect your printer to Wi-Fi and start printing on Windows 10.
What You Need to Know Before Connecting Your Printer to Wi-Fi
Hype will have you believe that wireless printing is as easy as unboxing a new Wi-Fi-enabled printer, connecting it to your network and then pressing the print button from the app on your PC.
It’s often not that simple.
Before you can print to your wireless printer from Windows, there are two things you need to do.
- The printer must be connected to your Wi-Fi network.Â
- You need to detect and connect to the printer from Windows
None of these processes are particularly difficult, although they differ depending on the printer manufacturer.
Before proceeding, make sure your printer is on, has ink, and at least a few sheets of paper loaded. Also, keep in mind that while the manufacturer’s instructions are generally the same across all models, some differences may occur.
How to Connect a Canon Printer To Wi-Fi
To connect your Canon wireless printer to Wi-Fi:
- Press Settings
- Use the arrow keys to select Device Settings
- Press OK
- Select LAN Settings> OKÂ >Â Wireless LAN setup > OK
- Wait for network discovery
- Select the correct network and click OK
- When prompted, enter the password, then OK.
Your Canon printer should now be connected to your wireless network. If prompted, print a test page. The IP address should be listed here, which you will need later.
How to Connect an HP Printer to Wi-Fi
To connect HP Deskjet, Officejet, and other types of HP printers to Wi-Fi:
- Press Home
- Use the arrows to scroll down the menu to select Wireless
- Press OK
- Select Wireless Setup Wizard> OK
- Select the correct network, click OK , then enter the password
- Confirm the details, then OK for the printer to join the network.
When ready, select Print to print the report, or Continue to complete the process. Take note of the IP address as it is displayed.
How to Connect a Brother Printer To Wi-Fi
To get your wireless Brother printer online:
- Press Wi-Fi buttonÂ
- Press Menu
- Press – (Bottom) to find Network then OK
- Next, select the first option, WLAN and click OK again
- Press -(bottom)Â to select 2. Setup Wizard, then OK
- On the next screen use +/- (Up / Down) buttons to search for your wireless network
- Select network with OK
- Enter password using +/-Â to search for characters and OK to confirm each (this may take a few moments)
- When prompted to Apply Settings select Yes (Up)
- Click OK to confirm
- Note the IP address as it is displayed.
Connecting To Wireless Printers In Windows
With a wireless printer connected to your home network, you’re ready to find it in Windows and connect.
- In Windows 10, press the Windows key + I
- Open Device>Â Printers & scanners
- Click Add printers or scanners
- Wait while the operating system searches
- When your device is registered, select it.
- Follow the instructions to set up the printer and print a test page.
- You’re done.
If the printer is not listed, click The printer I want is not listed to open the Add Printer dialog. (You can also use the Control Panel> Hardware and Sounds> Devices and Printers> Add a Printers .)
This method allows you to add printers by name or scan on your network. This last option probably won’t work if it hasn’t already. The easiest way is to use the printer’s IP address, which you should have already noted:
- Click Add printer using TCP / IP addressor Hostname
- Click Next
- Enter the IP address in the Hostname or IP address fields
- Check Query printer
- Click Next again
- Select a printer from the list using the Manufacturers and Printers panel
- Add printer driver manually in Windows
- At this point you can click on Windows Update or Have Disk to install the device driver
- Click Next to install the driver automatically
- Enter a name for the printer and proceed to Next
- On the Printer Sharing screen, select Do not share this printer or enter sharing details as needed
- Press Next,Â
- Print a test page if necessary, then Done to complete.
- With a successful test page printing, you are now ready to print from any Windows application.
Installation Problems? Try These Tips!
When a printer cannot be properly installed or connected, the reason is usually simple. The problem is figuring out exactly why the connection cannot be established can prove to be a drawn-out process.
Is the Printer On Your Network?
By default, the printer will appear in Windows Explorer, even if you don’t print it.
If not, check that the printer is turned on. If it is, try the ping command from the Windows command line. To do this:
- Press Windows + R
- Enter cmd and click OK
- Type ping followed by the printer IP address
- Press Enter
If this doesn’t work, try restarting your printer, then restarting your router. Still no change? It’s worth restarting Windows at this point.
Is Your Wireless Printer Out Of Range?
If the printer only appears online occasionally, it may be out of range of your router.
You can check this by comparing its reliability when placed near a router. Better results will show printers that need a permanent home within range of the router. Dead zones may result in no Wi-Fi reception in certain parts of your property, so avoid posting here.
Use Different Driver
Often printers are compatible with drivers from older models. If you’re having trouble installing the drivers to use them wirelessly, consider looking for drivers for older models. It should be a similar printer — for example, if you have a photo printer, try an older photo printer driver.
When setting up a wireless printer, you connect the printer to your network, then print from a PC. Understanding this basic two-step process can help you focus on the task.
With the printer up and running on your network, it’s not just your PC that can print. Any device on your network can send documents and images for printing.