If you have a home network, you may need a printer installed. If you are planning to buy one soon, you should consider a wireless printer, as it allows you to print from anywhere in your home, it helps you eliminate one more wire, and it allows you to place the printer in easy to access places so that you are not bothered by others when working or playing on your computer. There is one thing to keep in mind though: installing and configuring a wireless printer requires a bit more work than installing a traditional printer using a USB cable. And this is where this tutorial comes in – to guide you through all the essential steps:
Brother printers are popular tools for office as well as domestic purposes. Lately, they are being favored by many organizations. There are a few hiccups which might arrive with a Brother printer but most of them do not need an expert. You can easily solve the common problems by reading the suggestions given below.
If the same Brother printer is alreadyinstalled in your computer and you want to re-install it because of a technical glitch, you will need to uninstall the previous driver first. This paves way for the new driver and all your problems will most probably be fixed by just re-installing the software.
Install the Updated Driver
It is advisable that you install the latest driver of the printer to avail all new features. This will help keep in touch with new printing techniques and may also help you in faster printing. Drivers can easily be downloaded from the official site of Brother Solutions Center for free and you should always register your printer with each new driver. Make sure you have downloaded the right file as there are different files for different operating and if you have downloaded the wrong one, it would not work with an incompatible OS.
Step 1. Install the printer on your computers
Now you should install the printer on your computers. You should not have executed any installation/configuration steps on them until now. For your computers to locate the printer over the network and use it for printing, you have to install the printer’s drivers and configure them on each computer that is part of your network.
If you use Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, this part of the process should be handled automatically by the operating system. If you use Windows 7, or if your Windows 10/8.1 did not detect and configure your wireless printer automatically, then you can either use your operating system’s built-in wizards to add the printer to your computer, or run the printer’s bundled software.
Step 2. Connect your wireless printer to your home network
also known as the SSID, and its password, in the printer’s configuration options. This choice only works if your wireless printer has a screen and buttons, which you can use to type the network information directly on the printer.
Select the wireless connection and go through your printer’s setup wizard. If you have security enabled on your router, you should be asked to select the network and enter the password (security key). Once you enter all the details, the printer will start the connection procedure. Unless you have a weird setup (e.g., old router, MAC filtering, etc.), the connection should be made in a few seconds.
Connect the wireless printer to your home network by pressing the WPS button on the printer and the router. First, you have to press the WPS button found on your router, to turn on the discovery of new devices. Then, go to your wireless printer and push the WPS button on it too. Then the wireless printer automatically detects and connects to your wireless network, without having to enter the network password or other details. Even if you shut down your printer or your router, they will remember their configuration and will connect to each other as soon as you turn them back on.
Step 3. Unpack your wireless printer and place it within your router’s broadcast range
First, you have to unpack your printer and then place it somewhere close enough to your wireless router so that it gets a good wireless signal. Also, the spot should be accessible to people using the printer. Pay attention to the instructions from the printer’s manual regarding the removal of all packaging and protection. Printers tend to have really rich packaging, filled with stickers, tapes, and other protection features.
Step 4. Check that the printer is connected to the wireless network
If you encounter issues, check your printer’s manual for troubleshooting instructions and also look at your router’s configuration for any settings that could block your printer’s connection to the network.
To double check that everything is okay, you can ask the printer to print its network configuration details. There you can see important details such as its MAC address, the IP address received from your router and other details.
Step 4. Turn the wireless printer on and access its network configuration menu
Once all packaging is removed, it is time for you to install the printer and configure it for the first time. You need to connect its power cord and plug it into a power socket, install the cartridge(s) (depending on the manufacturer and model), and turn it on. Then, run its configuration wizard. You might be asked to set the language used through the printer’s menus. Also, be sure to wait while the printer cleans and aligns its cartridges.
Before installing the printer on any of your computers or other types of devices, you need to connect it to the network. Look through its menus and search for a menu that is called LAN settings or something similar.
Enter the LAN settings menu, and you should find an option to connect the printer via its wireless network card. Also, depending on your printer model, you might also find an option to connect it via a network cable.
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