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Setting Up a Wireless Printer on Your Home Network

Wireless networks are wonderful. They give you the ability to surf the web on your laptop while you are still cozy and warm in bed, they allow you to connect multiple handheld devices so that you can play Bejeweled or Peggle while sitting on the toilet (don’t pretend like you do not do that) and now you can even print wirelessly, if you have a wireless printer. They are now super cheap, and are very easy to setup.

The prices are plummeting

About 12 months ago, the price of wireless printers really was quite crazy, and it put many people off of the idea of purchasing one. Now, 12 months later, the prices have dropped, and some models are no more expensive than a normal, non Wi-Fi enabled printer.

HP has several models starting from just $50 that are all in one machines that also scan, and copy. The same goes for Canon, so if you are in the market for a new printer, and have a Wi-Fi network in your home, you should snap up one of these printers, believe me, you will never know how you lived without it.

They are easy to set up

Another reason potential buyer may be put off, is because they think the setup will be hard. Well think again. Setting up a wireless printer is really very easy. These instructions are pretty standard and will work for almost any wireless printer

Unpacking the printer

Yes you do have to take it out of the nice glossy box I am afraid, but as you are doing so, make sure everything that is supposed to be there is accounted for. Most printers come with ink, both color, and black, a USB cable, and a driver CD.

Connect the printer to the wall outlet, and then insert one end of the USB cable into the printer, and the other into the computer. Place the driver cd into your disc drive and follow the on screen instructions. After the driver has been installed, the computer will recognize your printer, and you will be ready to configure it to work on your network.

Configuring the printer

Nowadays the printers come with very good, on screen instructions, so following them will be very easy. The software will ask you to select your network. Find your network from the list, and then select it. If you have a secure network (which you really should) you will have to enter the password.

Once you have done that, the software, and the printer will communicate with your router. This process will take about 5 minutes. When it has finished configuring your printer, it will ask you to unplug the printer from your computer. The software will then ask you to print a test page. If it prints, it means you are done, and you are ready to enjoy your wireless printer.

Configuring other computers

If you have more than one computer, they can use your new wireless printer too. These are also easy to set up. Get the driver cd and install the printer driver on your other computer. Once it is installed follow these steps.

  • Click on the start menu and then select control panel
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center
  • Click on Advanced Sharing Settings
  • Under File and Printer Center click on turn on printer sharing
  • Make sure that same option is on, on the other computer too
  • Then go to devices and printers
  • You should see your new printer listed
  • Right click on your new printer and select it as default

You are now ready to use the wireless printer on your secondary computer as well. Follow these steps for any other computers you may have as well.

Congratulations, you now have your brand new wireless printer setup on your computers. Now you can print that word document from the loo, instead of playing Peggle while you are in there.